Evening curfew imposed in North Sinai
Armed forces in Sinai during a patrol - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Security forces in North Sinai Sunday evening imposed an overnight curfew in Arish, Rafah and Sheikh Zuwayed to combat the militant groups there, a security source told Youm7.

For the last few days, a curfew had being announced daily out of security concerns from terrorist attacks, the source said.

The security forces launched more military operations to hunt militants, and killed two takfiri (Islamic militants who accuse other Muslims of apostasy) members in Sheikh Zuwayed and arrested six others, other sources said.

Since the January 25 Revolution, North Sinai has seen a rise in security issues from militants, and following the military ouster of Mohamed Morsi on July 3 after mass protests called for the end of his regime on June 30, groups such as Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis have launched attacks against the policemen and security officers.

A Twitter account associated with the militant group claimed on June 1 responsibility for the murder of five border guard soldiers and one officer in the Wadi Gedid governorate after gunmen attacked a military patrol.

On June 8, the day of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s inauguration, an armed group attacked a military checkpoint in Arish, North Sinai, killing one civilian and injuring one soldier.

Additional reporting by Mohamed Hussein.

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