Egypt’s Mufti Dr. Shawki Allam mourned on Thursday the seven Egyptian soldiers of the armed forces who were killed since the launch of a wide-ranging operation to quell IS affiliates in Sinai.
Military spokesman Colonel Tamer el-Refai announced at a press conference aired Thursday on state television that seven Egyptian soldiers have been killed، while another six were injured since the launch of the comprehensive operation.
“As a result of the heroic combat operations by our armed forces…seven heroes of the armed forces were martyred،” el-Refai added.
IS attacks have killed hundreds of policemen and soldiers in the Sinai Peninsula. The group has also killed over 100 Christians in the past year and targeted tourists.
Sisi ordered his security commanders to put an end to the attacks following a massacre at a northern Sinai mosque in November that killed more than 300 worshippers.