On Wednesday morning, The Armed Forces released the seventh statement concerning the outcomes and consequences of the comprehensive counter-terrorism operation “Sinai 2018”, which was officially launched on Friday.
From latest to earliest, Egypt Today provides a quick wrap up of the contents of the previous statements issued in the same regard.
– The Air Forces destroyed 11 targets used by terrorists.
– Fifteen takfiris were killed during a shoot-out with anti-terror forces.
– Two underground warehouses, containing more than 1,500 kilograms of explosive materials, including C-4 and TNT and used in manufacturing explosives, 56 detonators and 13 circuits used to detonate IEDs, were destroyed.
– A tunnel and 38 trenches were destroyed in the northern border of North Sinai.
– Some 153 criminal elements and “wanted” criminals were arrested.
– As many as 181 huts, hideouts and warehouses containing explosives and chemical materials and large quantities of auto spare parts and fuel used by terrorists were destroyed.
– Six vehicles and 17 unlicensed motorbikes were seized and destroyed.
– Sixty-three explosive devices were dismantled.
– Thirteen bango and hashish farms were destroyed and more than 800 kilograms of narcotics were seized.
– The Air forces pounded seven vehicles used by terrorists.
– Ten takfiris were killed during a shoot-out with anti-terror forces.
– Large amounts of arms and ammunition were seized.
– Four hundred criminal elements and “wanted” criminals were held.
– Six vehicles and 13 unlicensed motorbikes were impounded and destroyed.
– As many as 143 huts, hideouts and warehouses, containing explosive charges and large quantities of auto spare parts and drugs, were destroyed.
– Seventy-nine explosive devices were dismantled and an underground warehouse, containing 10 anti-tank mines, was destroyed.
– An underground tunnel, with a width of 1.5 meters and a depth of 25 meters, was destroyed in the northern border of North Sinai.
– Nine bango and hashish farms were destroyed and more than seven tons of narcotics and a truck loaded with more than 1.2 million tramadol pills were seized.
– The Naval Forces launched four ground-to-sea and surface-to-sea rockets.
– Around 479 security patrols checkpoints were already set up across the country.
-Twenty three explosive devices had been discovered and defused.
-Seven farms of marijuana were discovered and burned.
– Half a ton of cocaine and other smuggled drugs was impounded.
– Four vehicles carrying ammunition and arms as well as 27 motorbikes were targeted by the Air Forces.
– Several air strikes were launched, targeting 30 hideouts for terrorists.
-Sixteen militants were killed and four others were arrested.
-Thirty suspected militants were also arrested.
– The Air Forces destroyed a total of 66 hideouts.
– Four ammunition stores were also destroyed.
– Thirteen four-wheel drive vehicles and 31 motorbikes were targeted.
– Twelve road-side bombs were discovered by security officers and defused.
-Militants-operated chemical laboratory was raided by the Air Forces in Sinai.
– Twenty feddans (approx. 20 acres) of marijuana were burned.
-Several airstrikes targeted terrorist concentrations and strongholds throughout the night and during the wee hours of Saturday morning.
-Military jets hit store houses of weapons, ammunition, explosive materials and logistic areas of terrorists.
-Several pits, hideouts, and ammunition and weapons’ warehouses were targeted by the Air Forces.
-Units from the Naval Forces enhanced maritime security operations at vital seaports.
-The Border Guard Forces and Civilian Police also tightened security procedures at land borders and navigational courses.
-The comprehensive counter-terrorism military operation “Sinai 2018” was officially announced by Armed Forces Spokesman Tamer al-Refae.
-the statement highlighted that “Sinai 2018” came within the framework of the mandate, given by Egypt’s Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces and President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, to the General Command of the Armed Forces and Ministry of Interior, to coordinate with all the country’s institutions to confront terrorism and all other related operations by extremists.
Since the ousting of ex-Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated President Mohamed Morsi, Egypt has seen growing waves of extremism washing over the society and spawning numerous deadly attacks. Among these attacks was the terrorist attack that hit Al-Rawdah Mosque and left more than 302 Friday prayers congregates dead in late November.
A month earlier, The Interior Ministry announced that 16 security officers were killed during clashes with militants in Wahat in the Western Desert; the clashes also led to the killing of 15 militants.