The Islamic State (IS) jihadist group claimed responsibility for Sunday’s attack on the Sinai Peninsula, in which the Egyptian army suffered 11 casualties.
This is one of the heaviest reports of casualties in an attack on the Egyptian army in years.
The attack on an army water pumping station on the peninsula, which is covered by a desert and which is being torn apart by extremist cells, with some of them swearing allegiance to the IK, has sparked a wave of condemnation from abroad.
African Union, France, US and Sudan condemn from the root “.
The Egyptian army and police launched a large-scale “anti-terrorist” operation in Sinai and the western desert in February 2018, between the Nile Valley and the border with Libya.
In the Sinai Peninsula, attacks are focusing on infrastructure, especially the oil and gas pipelines that supply Israel and Jordan.
The Egyptian General Staff often announces that its forces have killed jihadists on the peninsula.
In all, more than a thousand jihadists and dozens of members of the security forces have been killed in the past four years, according to official figures – which, however, cannot be independently verified, as journalists are denied access to the northern Sinai province. .
The most recent major attack in Cairo took place in May 2020: it targeted the pyramids