Air raids in northern Sinai have killed 19 members of Egypt’s ISIL affiliate, including three of its leaders, according to the Egyptian military.
The Taba checkpoint, an important gateway in the Sinai Peninsula between Israel and Egypt, will remain closed to Israelis until further notice, according to Tel Aviv.
Alleged perpetrator of IS attack on checkpoint near St. Catherine Monastery killed by security forces
The Islamic State claimed responsibility for an attack on a security checkpoint near St. Catherine Monastery in South Sinai that occurred late Tuesday night.
The National Security Prosecution decided on Sunday to detain three suspects for 15 days pending investigations on accusations of involvement in the Palm Sunday terrorist attacks on two churches in Tanta and Alexandria, which killed at least 45.
Police forces announced Sunday the arrest of 13 alleged militants on two separate farms in Beheira and Alexandria. The suspects reportedly possessed large amounts of weapons and explosives.
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.
A high-level security source at the Interior Ministry said on Saturday that preparations have been stepped up within all sectors of the ministry to secure the celebrations of Coptic Christians on Easter, pointing to imposing an exclusion zone of 400 meters around every church.
The Interior Ministry issued a statement on Thursday evening announcing the identity of the suicide bomber in the Tanta church blast. The statement said that three other suspects were arrested over the incident.
Investigations over sources of funding and supporting terrorist organisations should take place, as such organisations cannot obtain weapons, modern communication equipment, or use social networking sites without being supported by certain networks, Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry said on Wednesday.
Egypt’s interior ministry said Mahmoud Hasan Mubarak Abdullah had carried out an IS-claimed attack that killed 17 people outside Saint Mark’s church in Alexandria on Palm Sunday.