Operation Sinai 2018: Practices and Implications

Source: Egyptian Institute for Studies

Author(s): Haitham Ghoneim

Original Link: https://en.eipss-eg.org/operation-sinai-2018-practices-and-implications/

“… and use all brute force, all brute force.” – With these words Sisi concluded his orders
to the Chief of Staff of the Egyptian army on November 29, 2017 for restoring security
in the Sinai. On commemoration of the birth of Prophet Mohamed, gave his security
forces a three-month deadline to restore “security and stability” to the country’s
northern Sinai governorate after the massacre of the Rawda Mosque which took place
during Friday noon prayers on November 24. The massacre was a dangerous turn in
the security scene in the northern part of the Sinai Peninsula, as it was the first to
target this big number of unarmed civilians who have no political orientation, leaving
314 dead, and the first time to attack a mosque at the time of prayers which is revered
by all Muslims.

By that time, the comprehensive military operation in Sinai had entered its third and
final deadline of the mandate issued on 9 February 2018. The declared objectives were
to restore security, protect civilians, and eliminate militant activity in the governorate
of North Sinai, which will be reviewed in this paper as well as the implications of the
military practices on the ground – one year after the orders given by the head of the
regime to launch Operation Sinai 2018 on 29 November 2017.



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