Egyptian security forces have killed 16 suspected militants and discovered weapons caches in operations in North Sinai province, according to reports from the Interior Ministry released Tuesday, May 21. The militants were reportedly planning to carry out attacks on individuals and sites in Al-Arish.
Similar security operations are to be expected in North Sinai province over the coming weeks.
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, Nile Delta, and the Western Desert.
Individuals in Egypt are advised to monitor the situation, refrain from travel 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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