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Army announces second phase of ‘Retribution for the Martyr’

Plan is to enforce security control over Rafah, Sheikh Zuweid and Al-Arish

The Egyptian army announced late on Tuesday the end of a first phase of security operations in North Sinai targeting Islamist militants. In addition, it revealed the start of a second phase aiming at enforcing security control and providing support to local residents of Sinai.

The televised statement aired on state TV assured the objectives of the first phase of the operation “Retribution for the Martyr” were met. The achievements included destroying hideouts and strongholds of “terrorist elements” in North Sinai, destroying a network of weapon storages used to execute operations against army and police in North and Middle Sinai in addition to cementing security over main and side roads around Rafah, Sheikh Zuweid and Al-Arish.

On 7 September, the army launched operation “Retribution for the Martyr” to counter the ongoing insurgency in North Sinai. According to the military’s daily accounts of the operation, hundreds of “terrorist elements” have been killed as well as a few security personnel.

The military operation comes in the context of the ‘comprehensive plan’ to combat terrorism in Sinai amid a surge in militant activity ever since the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.

In allegiance with the “Islamic State”, the “State of Sinai”, formally known as Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis, claimed responsibility for the lion share of the attacks taking place in the area.

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  • Al Masry

    The writer should not say “the lion share of attack”‘; but majority of the attacks.

  • Al Masry

    Good work done to up-root regressive forces. Keep at them until they done for good.

  • George

    The armed forces must be very vigilant and hopefully agressive during phase 2 since the terrorist coakroaches may invent dirty ricks to prove they are still alive. They certainly have suffered very heavy casualties but there must be some survivors. How many ? possibly between 300 and 500. Israeli sources initially guessed their number to about 3000. They estimated that about half of them were killed by the intense armed forces raids prior to July 1. During July 1 attacks and those of the following period at least 300 to 350 were killed if I recall correctly the army statements. Adding more than 800 terrorists killed and captured during ‘Retriibution for the martyrs’ that leaves less than 500 survivors.
    We must break their will to terrorize and I believe the ‘Chechnya’ war strategy should do the trick. Let us not forget that at least 10% of the houses evacuated to be destroyed along the Gaza border had tunnels in them which means all inhabitants from these areas collaborated or at least knew.
    Tahya Masr

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