Egypt’s northern Sinai Peninsula has been swept with simultaneous terror attacks on Wednesday, leaving many dead and on going battles. According to the Egyptian army, more than a hundred militants and seventeen soldiers were killed by an Islamic State affiliated group called the Province of Sinai.
The group staged three suicide bombers who were targeting fifteen army and police positions. As a response to the attack, Israel’s Defense Ministry closed down the border crossing into Gaza and another into Egypt in an attempt to prevent the entry of Islamic State militants into their country.
While the nation waits for its National Defense Council headed by President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to hold an emergency meeting today, the United States stands fiercely on the Egyptian side, and has agreed to continue helping Egypt in ensuring its security.
In the last few years, the Sinai area has been the site of numerous terror attacks against police and militant targets as well as tourists. In 2012 alone, sixteen Egyptian soldiers were murdered along the Egyptian-Israeli border, and that area became increasingly more volatile when President Mohammed Morsi was pushed out of power over a year later. What is most unsettling, is the fact that the terror campaign has left the border region as of Monday when Egypt’s top prosecutor, Hisham Barakat was assassinated in Cairo. This has prompted el-Sissi to increase Egyptian security against militant threats.