Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi chaired a meeting of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, presidential spokesperson Bassam Rady announced in a Sunday statement.
The meeting addressed the terrorist attack that targeted a water-pumping station east of the Suez Canal, on Saturday, as well as the measures implemented to capture the suspects.
On Saturday, Egypt’s military thwarted an attack by an extremist group on a water-pumping station, according to the spokesperson for the Egyptian Armed Forces. The attack killed 11 military personnel and injured 5 individuals. Terrorist elements have been chased and besieged in an isolated area in Sinai.
Following the attack, the Egyptian President wrote on social media: “I assure you that these treacherous terrorist actions will not undermine the determination of this nation and its armed forces to completely uproot terrorism.”
President Al-Sisi offered the people of Egypt, the Armed Forces, and the families of the victims, his sincere condolences and wishes for a speedy recovery of the injured.
During the meeting, Al-Sisi directed that law enforcement elements to take required security measures to eradicate terrorism in North Sinai.
The activities and tasks of the Armed Forces to protect the Egyptian national security were also discussed.
The US, the European Union, and several countries condemned the terrorist attack. Russia, the UK, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the UAE, Bahrain, and Qatar also denounced the assault.
Egypt’s security forces launched a military operation in Sinai on 9 February 2018, targeting terrorists and illegal ammunition storages. The operation includes navy, air, and infantry forces.