Air raids in northern Sinai have killed 19 members of Egypt’s ISIL affiliate, including three of its leaders, according to the Egyptian military.
Clashes erupted in the city of Rafah, North Sinai on Sunday between younger members of the prominent al-Tarbiyeen tribe and militants from the Islamic State-affiliated group Sinai Province.
The Israeli government said it would close the Taba crossing linking the occupied territories to Egypt’s Sinai until April 18, following explosions in two major churches in Egypt on Sunday that killed 45 people and injured over 100 others.
Army forces in North Sinai destroyed on Friday a tunnel near the border area of Rafah and detained 11 suspects, according a statement by the military spokesperson.
A founding member of the Sinai branch of the Islamic State (IS) group was killed in a recent air strike, the Egyptian army confirmed on Sunday.
The Egyptian Armed Forces has declared its complete control over al-Halal mountain after purging all the caves, killing several extremists, arresting others and confiscating huge amounts of ammunition.
Army and police forces declared on Wednesday the detention of 69 individuals in different security campaigns. 28 of them are suspects, while 41 of them are fugitives involved in different misdemeanours, according to the armed forces spokesperson.
Israel has urged its citizens not to travel to Egypt’s Sinai, and called on its national who are currently in Sinai to leave promptly due to upcoming expected attacks by Islamic State (IS).
Armed forces affiliated to the second field army on Sunday morning managed to kill five militants in an operation that took place in North Sinai. The killed militants included a leading figure of ”Sinai Province,” the army spokesperson said in a statement.
Anonymous militants blew up on Saturday morning an Al-Azhar educational building in North Sinai’s Al-Arish, by using improvised explosive devices (IEDs), local media outlets reported.