Security forces killed at least 59 militants and arrested 142 others in counterterror operations in North Sinai province over an unspecified period, according to a report issued by Egyptian authorities on Tuesday, January 22. Raids also destroyed some 56 vehicles carrying weapons and ammunition in the Western Desert. Similar security operations targeting suspected militants are to be expected in the Sinai Peninsula and the Western Desert over the near term.
Egypt frequently conducts raids on suspected militant groups following terrorist attacks. Security forces are also in the middle of a counterterrorism operation named "Sinai 2018" that aims to neutralize militant and terrorist groups operating in the Sinai, Nile Delta, and Western Desert. The targets of the raids are not confirmed by independent reporting and foreign tourists have previously been killed in similar operations.
Individuals in Egypt are advised to monitor the situation, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments, report suspicious behavior and objects to the authorities, remain vigilant when visiting areas vulnerable to terrorist attacks (e.g. tourist sites, churches, international and government buildings, public transportation hubs, etc.), and anticipate similar security operations in the near term.