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16 May 2020 | 12:06 PM UTC

Egypt: Military announces killing of seven suspected militants in North Sinai May 15 /update 2

Egypt News Alert

Military announces the killing of seven suspected militants in North Sinai on May 15; reprisal attacks and heightened security presence likely

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/16/2020, 12:00 AM until 5/23/2020, 11:59 PM (Africa/Cairo). COUNTRY/REGION North Sinai Governorate

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Event

On Friday, May 15, the Egyptian armed forces announced the killing of seven suspected militants in an operation in North Sinai province. The announcement comes after a series of Egyptian security operations in North Sinai province in early May, following a bomb attack south of Bir el-Abd that killed at least ten soldiers on Thursday, April 30.

Reprisal attacks by militants throughout Egypt are possible, and a heightened security presence is to be expected as a result. Further military operations in North Sinai are likely in the medium term.

Context

Egyptian security forces have been undertaking a large-scale counterterrorism campaign in North Sinai since 2018. Egypt frequently conducts raids on suspected militant groups following terrorist attacks. The raids' targets are not typically confirmed by independent reporting and foreign tourists have previously been killed in similar operations.

Advice

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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