Threats to the Sinai Peninsula are not over yet, the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, warned yesterday.
“After 36 years of Sinai’s liberation, we look at where we are and what we have achieved,” Sisi told Egyptian media on Sinai Liberation Day.
“It is no secret that the threats to Sinai are not over, and the challenges are still ongoing, especially after terrorists were able to exploit the state of political chaos in the region,” he added.
Sisi hailed the Egyptian military forces for “all the sacrifices they have made to eradicate terrorism in Sinai”.
Egypt has been facing a Daesh insurgency in the remote North Sinai region that has killed hundreds of soldiers and policemen in recent years.
Human rights organisations have accused Egypt of using the fight against terror in the Sinai as a ruse to cover up extrajudicial killing of opponents and critics.
No group has been able to independently verify the army’s claims that it has targeted terrorist groups and fighters.