News

Eight Sailors Missing After Egyptian Naval Patrol Attacked By ‘Terrorists’

Eight Sailors Missing After Egyptian Naval Patrol Attacked By ‘Terrorists’
Two Egyptian navy amphibious landing craft pictured in 2009.
Two Egyptian navy amphibious landing craft pictured in 2009.

At least eight Egyptian soldiers are missing after militants in a fishing boat opened fire on an Egyptian naval launch in Egypt’s Damietta, 50 kilometres west of the Suez Canal.

In a statement, the Military said that a search is on-going for the eight missing Egyptian naval officers and that 32 ‘terrorists’ had been arrested during the attack.

The statement added that four boats used by the militants, reported to be small boats, were also destroyed in the attack.

Meanwhile, five naval officers injured during the attack have been transported to military hospitals for urgent treatment.

Some media outlets in Egypt have reported that the eight missing sailors are presumed dead, but that a search will continue.

This is the first time that Egypt’s navy has been attacked since attacks on security forces spiked following the ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in July 2013.

Last month, multiple attacks on Egypt’s military in the North Sinai killed at least 40 soldiers in a span of five days. The attacks prompted the President to declare a three-month state of emergency in the North Sinai and resulted in the evacuation of houses near Egypt’s border with Gaza.

With No Arms He Still Became A Calligrapher
Egypt's Women Dominate Karate World Championships

Subscribe to our newsletter


News

More in News

Why Egypt is Moving to Plastic Money

Marina Makary2 August 2021

How to Get a COVID-19 ‘QR Code’ Vaccination Certificate in Egypt

Nadine Khaled1 August 2021

Egypt’s Misses Out on Football Tokyo 2020 Semifinals after Brazil Defeat

Nadine Khaled31 July 2021

Egypt Secures Tokyo 2020 Handball Quarterfinals Spot After Dominant Victory Over Sweden

Egyptian Streets30 July 2021

Egypt Qualifies for Tokyo 2020 Quarterfinals After Defeating Australia 2-0

Egyptian Streets28 July 2021

Amazon to Launch ‘Amazon.eg’ in Egypt in 2021

Egyptian Streets27 July 2021

Clashes Erupt After Tunisia’s President Sacks Prime Minister Following COVID-19 Protests

Egyptian Streets26 July 2021

Seif Eissa Wins Egypt’s Second Medal at Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Marina Makary26 July 2021