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Minst 26 politimenn ble drept i flere koordinerte angrep i Sinai torsdag, av en gruppe som påberoper seg IS. Angrepene gjør inntrykk på egyptere og øker oppslutningen om president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

The wide-ranging attacks late Thursday required a previously unseen level of coordination. At least one car bomb was set off outside a military base, while mortars were simultaneously fired at the base, toppling some buildings and leaving soldiers buried under the debris, official said.

Other attacks included mortar rounds fired at a hotel, a police club and more than a dozen checkpoints, officials said.

Angrepene i Sinai har tiltatt i styrke. Jihadister ønsker å starte flere branner: Sinai, Libya, Sahel, Somalia, Kenya, Nigeria, Mali, Kamerun, Niger – slik at «brannmennene»ikke makter å slukke.

Ett angrepspunkt var Rafah, grensebyen til Gaza. Forholdene for palestinerne skal ikke bli bedre etter dette.

The militants struck the Northern Sinai provincial capital el-Arish, the nearby town of Sheik Zuwayid and the town of Rafah bordering Gaza.

Hours before the attack, the Islamic State affiliate in Egypt posted on its official Twitter account pictures of masked militants dressed in black. They were carrying rocket-propelled grenades in a show of force, while flying the Islamic State black flag.

The Islamic State affiliate later took credit for Thursday’s attacks on Twitter, according to the SITE Intelligence Group.

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foto: I president Abdel Fattah al-Sissi har islamister og jihadister fått en formidabel motstander, også ideologisk.

Sinai har vært underlagt unntakstilstand siden oktober da terrorister drepte 31 soldater.

Jihadistene smugler våpen til Gaza. Et lovløst Sinai er derfor også en trussel mot Israel. IS står nå i Gaza og Hamas er i villrede om hvordan de skal håndtere det.

An Islamic State affiliate previously known as Ansar Beit al-Maqdis has launched several attacks against police and the army in Sinai in recent years

Ansar Beit al-Maqdis was initially inspired by al-Qaeda, but last year it pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, which controls large parts of Syria and Iraq.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/at-least-20-killed-in-sinai-in-flurry-of-attacks/