Egyptian officials reported today, Sunday, that civilians, including women and children, were killed and injured in North Sinai during the past two weeks, as a result of explosive devices planted by militants in their homes during their displacement.
The sources told the Associated Press that ISIS operatives had booby-trapped several homes in villages belonging to the city of Bir al-Abed, where some IEDs exploded in homes where their owners had returned, killing at least 14 people, including 6 from a family. One late Saturday, and among the victims were women and children.
The sources added that at least 10 others have been injured since 12 October, and have been transferred to the Medina Hospital for treatment.
The authorities accused ISIS of attacking villages in that area last July, forcing people to flee their homes, and then the army announced securing the villages in August, and allowing residents to return to their homes after a few weeks.
In the first week of this month, sources reported to Al-Jazeera that an Egyptian officer was killed and two others from the army were injured in an explosion that occurred near a military post west of Sheikh Zuweid in North Sinai, weeks after a similar bombing killed and wounded 7 soldiers, including 3 officers.
It is noteworthy that since February 2018, the army, in cooperation with the police forces, has launched an extensive security campaign against militants in North Sinai under the name of “the comprehensive operation.”