Egypt: Developments of Operation Sinai 2018

Source: The Egyptian Institute for Studies

Author(s): Haitham Ghoniem

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Six months have passed since Egypt initiated its Comprehensive Operation – Sinai 2018, a large-scale campaign that was launched on Friday, 9 February 2018 against Islamist insurgents in the Central and North Sinai (along with other areas in the Egyptian Delta and western Nile Valley, according to official statements of the Egyptian Army). The Comprehensive Operation – Sinai 2018 is the largest military campaign that has been staged inside Sinai since the October War of 1973 with Israel which recently agreed to let the Egyptian Army move troops into the Sinai far exceeding in number what had been set down in the peace agreement between the two countries in 1979. Obviously, Tel Aviv considers elimination of threats on its borders with Egypt and ensuring the stability of the current Egyptian regime of paramount importance to its security. In July 2018, the Comprehensive Operation Sinai 2018 covered areas south of Sheikh Zuwaid, while the army forces attempted to isolate and besiege the area, amid increasing intensity of drone attacks compared to the past period, with a likelihood that those drones belonged to Israel.

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