CAIRO: Uruguay has condemned latest Sinai attack that claimed the lives of more than 30 soldiers, said a Thursday statement by Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
According to the statement, the Egyptian embassy in Uruguay quoted a release issued by the Uruguayan Foreign Ministry condemning terrorist attacks that took place close to the headquarters of the Multinational Forces and Observers (MFO) that includes an Uruguayan brigade.
On Jan. 29, a firefight took place between security forces and extremists, who used mortar shells and car bombs in their attacks in Arish, North Sinai, as stated by the army spokesperson Mohamed Samir. The attack killed 32 soldiers and injured dozens.
The American government also condemned the attack and assured its support to the Egyptian government to combat the threat of terrorism in the country.
An intensified military operation is taking place in the troubled North Sinai, which has been witnessing series of attacks targeting military and police forces in the area since the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.
The responsibility for many of the attacks, explosions and executions were claimed by a Sinai-based Islamist militant group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis; the group has recently pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq.
The Jan. 29 attack was preceded by another in October that killed more than 30 army and police personnel, which prompted the army to escalate security measures in the peninsula and establish a buffer zone along the Rafah-Gaza border in search for hidden smuggling tunnels and “jihadists.”
Sisi vowed in a statement following the Jan. 29 attack to defeat Sinai militants, and he issued a presidential decree to form a “unified military unit” to be in charge of the securing the east side of the Suez Canal and the Sinai Peninsula.
Youm7 reported Thursday that an armed attack took place during the early hours of the day, killing one conscript and injuring another in Arish.