An Egyptian soldier was killed in an attack launched by Wilayet Sinai (Sinai Province) on Sunday in the city of al-Arish in the North Sinai Governorate in the northeast of the country. The Egyptian military spokesman has not announced any details of the attack yet. The attack coincides with the start of elections for the Egyptian Senate (abroad), on Sunday and Monday. The fighters of the Wilayet Sinai terrorist group, affiliated to ISIS, are in control of several villages west of the city of Bir al-Abed, in the Sinai Governorate.
The army and police forces began the sizeable military operation Sinai 2018 in February 2018. However, it has now entered its third year, yet eliminating Sinai Province still seems far from being achieved. The army and police forces are spread across more than 35 checkpoints and mobile patrols within the city of al-Arish and its surroundings.