Egyptian security officials confirmed that at least four civilians were killed after multiple shells hit two homes in Sheikh Zuweid (North Sinai province) on Saturday, October 19. Another 12 people were wounded in the incident. Local media sources also reported that several houses in the village of Abu Al-Araj, south of Sheikh Zuweid, were also targeted by indirect fire. According to media reports, the Egyptian military has been accused of carrying out the strikes. As of Monday, October 21, the government has not issued an official statement on the incident.
Further security operations and militant activity is expected in North Sinai province over the near term.
Security forces have been conducting counterterrorism raids in North Sinai province in recent months under "Comprehensive Operation - Sinai 2018," which aims to neutralize militant and terrorist groups operating in the Sinai, Nile Delta, and the Western Desert.
Individuals in Egypt are advised to monitor the situation, refrain from traveling to North Sinai province, 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 over the near term. Adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and your home government.
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