Egyptian officials announced on Saturday, May 23, that security forces conducted a raid in the vicinity of Bir al-Abd (North Sinai province), killing at least 21 suspected militants. It remains unclear when the operation took place. The militants are believed to have been part of a group planning to carry out multiple attacks during Eid al-Fitr. An Egyptian army spokesperson stated that two soldiers were injured during the operation and that weapons and explosives were also recovered during the raid.
Similar attacks and security operations are to be expected in North Sinai province over the near term.
Egyptian security forces are in the middle of a counterterrorism operation named "Sinai 2018" that aims to neutralize militant and terrorist groups operating in the Sinai Peninsula, Nile Delta, and the Western Desert. 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.
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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