The Sinai Province, an IS-affiliated militant group, has an announced in a statement its responsibility for the Sinai attacks in Sheikh Zoweid, Al-Arish and Rafah which have been ongoing since the early hours on Wednesday.
The statement claims raiding over 15 Egyptian military checkpoints using light weapons, heavy armament and RPGs. In addition, Sinai Province have announced the execution of three “martyrdom operations” across Arish and Sheikh Zoweid.
Security sources have announced that the routes leading to the conflict zones have been planted with explosives to prevent any reinforcements and ammunition from reaching the Egyptian forces, Mada Masr reported.
Sinai Province militants have taken over civilian homes, and were witnessed aiming RPG weapons from rooftops, reported state-owned al-Ahram.
At least 30 soldiers have been killed and dozens injured as militants waged a series of attacks on military checkpoints in Egypt’s North Sinai, reported state radio, citing a government official. Meanwhile, the Egyptian Armed Forces has stated that 10 soldiers were killed. The Military added that 22 militants were eliminated and that five checkpoints had been attacked by more than 70 militants.
In an official statement released in the evening by the Egyptian Armed Forces, 17 Egyptian soldiers were reported killed, in addition to 13 more who were injured. The statement added that 100 militants have been killed, in addition to destroying 20 of the militants’ vehicles.
However, sources on the ground told Al-Qahera Al-Youm and Sky News Arabia that up to 60 may have been killed.
Egypt’s North Sinai has witnessed a wave of attacks since the ouster of Morsi in July 2013. On Tuesday, two children were killed when a rocket reportedly fired by militants struck their home.
This story is developing.