On Thursday, Egypt launched an airstrike against Islamist militant targets who were staying in the Sinai peninsula. A total of 23 Islamist militant fighters were killed after yesterday’s deadly clash in the same region.
Those who were killed had taken part in the fighting on Wednesday that had killed 100 militant and seventeen Egyptian soldiers.
Attacks have increased in recent years since the fall of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in 2013, with Sinai-based insurgents affiliated with the Islamic State increasing their attacks on soldiers and police. According to the current president, Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, the militants in the Sinai peninsula pose an existential threat to Egypt as well as other Arab states and the entire Western world.
So far this week, Islamic State linked militants have wreaked havoc in Egypt, killing the top prosecutor in Cairo, multiple assaults on Wednesday and now further battles today. And the week has yet to close as Islamic State militants increase their attacks during the Holy Month of Ramadan.