ISIS Unleashes Deadly Wave of Terror in Sinai
JERUSALEM, Israel -- Following massive terror attacks in the northern Sinai Peninsula Tuesday, including a suicide car bombing, the IDF closed the Kerem Shalom crossing with the Gaza Strip.
According to media reports, at least 30 security forces were killed in the attacks and 40 wounded by ISIS-affiliated jihadists.
Egyptian military spokesman Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Samir said 70 terrorists carried out a multi-pronged attack on five Egyptian army checkpoints. Samir said Egyptian forces killed 22 terrorists and destroyed three all-terrain vehicles fitted with anti-aircraft guns.
The attacks came two days after Hisham Barakat, the nation's top prosecutor, was killed by a car bomb in Cairo.
Speaking at Barakat's funeral, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi vowed to step up the two-year crackdown on Islamic terror cells in the Sinai.
Since his election in May 2014, following the ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, el-Sisi has worked to eradicate terror cells embedded in the Sinai, boost Egypt's economy, and speak out against Islamic extremism.
El-Sisi has also championed the crackdown on Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, which was outlawed as a terror group. Many of its members, including Morsi, were tried, convicted, and sentenced to long prison terms or execution.
In his remarks to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in January, el-Sisi said Muslims need to remove those things that lead to violence and extremism.
"We need to revolutionize our religion," he said.