The Egyptian Armed Forces launched on Friday a full-scale military operation titled “Sinai 2018” to confront terrorist elements in Sinai and other areas across the country. Egypt Today provides in the following lines a wrap-up of key events and statements by the army, police and public institutions throughout the day.
Military spokesman Colonel Tamer El-Rafei announced a major new military to purge country from terrorism. He read a statement from the General Command of the Armed Forces on the state-run TV, announcing the launch of the operation.
“Great people of Egypt, in accordance with the delegation issued by the president of the republic, the supreme commander of the Egyptian armed forces, to the general command of the Egyptian armed forces and the interior ministry to comprehensively confront terrorism as well other criminal activities in close cooperation with all state institutions, law enforcement troops started to implement the plan of comprehensive confrontation of terrorist and criminal elements and organizations in north and middle Sinai and other areas in the Nile Delta and the desert areas west of the Nile valley,” he said.
“In addition, the operation will include the implementation of other military and training missions and exercises in all strategic directions with the aim of tightening of control of the borders of the Egyptian state and to ensure the achievement of the planned aims of the clearing of terrorist pits from the areas where they are found, and to protect Egyptian society from the evils of terrorism and extremism, while also confronting other crimes that affect internal security and stability.”
The armed forces “call on all Egyptians in all parts of the republic to closely cooperate with the forces of law enforcement to confront terrorism and weed out its roots, and to promptly report any elements that threaten the security and stability of the homeland,” the statement ended.