Egypt claims to have killed 123 ISIS scumbags in biggest battle in Sinai since the ’73 Yom Kippur War
Egyptian army claims to have killed 123 Islamic State fighters in response to unprecedented attack in Sinai; Israeli official: Hamas’ military wing is assisting the jihadists in Sinai.
The Egyptian military said Thursday it killed 123 Islamic State gunmen over the past two days, 100 of which were killed on Wednesday during the the biggest battle the Sinai Peninsula has seen since the 1973 Yom Kippur War.
According to Egyptian military officials, among the dead were high-ranking members of the Sinai branch, Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis.
The officials claimed that Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis sought to implement a plan known as “Stronghold breaking” to take over the city of Sheikh Zuweid. In addition, the ISIS-affiliated group tried to cut off Egyptian Rafah from al-Arish, but the Egyptian army said it was able to foil their attempt and gain full control of the area.
The day’s fighting included F-16 planes and Apache helicopters, and at its end the Egyptian military announced that it would not stop its activities until it completely rooted out all terror concentrations in the peninsula. On Thursday, the Egyptian army’s spokesman declared that “the situation in northern Sinai is now under complete control.” However, security sources and witnesses said that aerial attacks on armed targets have been renewed.
The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the combined assault on Wednesday, saying it attacked 15 targets of the Egyptian security forces, and carried out three suicide bombings.
“This incident is a turning point,” a senior Israeli official told Reuters.
Israel remains on high alert on the border on Thursday, but the Kerem Shalom crossing has been reopened. During the day 600 trucks are expected to pass through the crossing.
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