Military forces upped in Sinai's Al-Arish in the wake of increased attacks
Security operations in North Sinai are being bolstered in the wake of a
sharp increase in attacks on the police in the restive peninsula
Ahram Online , Thursday 8 Nov 2012
In a report published Thursday by pan-Arab daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, a
military source in North Sinai claimed that well-planned attacks are being
carried out in North Sinai against senior officers who have been leading a
campaign against jihadist elements in the peninsula.
On Tuesday, the inspector of general security in North Sinai was shot in
Al-Arish, sustaining injuries to his jaw and arm.
The source further stated that there is proof to link the perpetrators of
Saturday's attack that killed three policemen and the group that targeted
the security head Tuesday.
Late Wednesday, an Egyptian military official announced that a new set of
military personnel and apparatus reached Al-Arish, MENA news service
The source stated that it was part of an attempt to assist the police forces
in their "intensive campaign against terrorism" that for the past several
months has targetted police forces in the peninsula, MENA reports.
In related news, the official spokesperson of the interior ministry denied
reports published Thursday by a private Egyptian newspaper stating that
Interior Minister Ahmed Gamal El-Din had forwarded a list of names of 7,000
alleged Al-Qaeda militants to President Mohamed Morsi.
The restive Egypt-Gaza border region has witnessed an increase in violence
over the course of the past few months, with recurring clashes between
security forces and militants taking place.
On Saturday, three policemen in Al-Arish were killed while on duty, which
led to an angered response with several police officers staging a protest
outside the North Sinai governorate headquarters. In the wake of the
killings, the interior ministry dismissed the head of the North Sinai
security directorate Sunday.
The ambush on the police officers was believed to be a counter-attack
following the killing of three men by security officers the week before.