Twin suicide car bomb attacks on two army checkpoints outside the city of Rafah in northern Sinai, followed by heavy gunfire, left at least ten soldiers dead and 20 others wounded on Friday, July 7. No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, although Islamic State (IS) is a possible culprit.
This incident is the latest in a series of similar attacks in northern Sinai. Earlier in the week, on Tuesday, July 4, three policemen were killed and ten others wounded by a roadside bomb in the south of Arish, the capital of North Sinai province.
Egypt faces an IS insurgency in the restive Sinai Peninsula, where hundreds of soldiers and police have been killed since 2013. Egypt has been under a nationwide state of emergency since April 2017, when IS militants carried out attacks on two churches in Tanta and Alexandria, leaving over 50 people dead.
The security environment in Egypt remains complex. Although travel is permissible in some areas, other areas should be considered strictly off limits. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.