The Egyptian military said Thursday it killed 123 Islamic State gunmen over the past two days, 100 of which were killed on Wednesday during the the biggest battle the Sinai Peninsula has seen since the 1973 Yom Kippur War.According to Egyptian military officials, among the dead were high-ranking members of the Sinai branch, Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis. The officials claimed that Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis sought to implement a plan known as “Stronghold breaking” to take over the city of Sheikh Zuweid.
In addition, the ISIS-affiliated group tried to cut off Egyptian Rafah from al-Arish, but the Egyptian army said it was able to foil their attempt and gain full control of the area.The day’s fighting included F-16 planes and Apache helicopters, and at its end the Egyptian military announced that it would not stop its activities until it completely rooted out all terror concentrations in the peninsula. On Thursday, the Egyptian army’s spokesman declared that “the situation in northern Sinai is now under complete control.” However, security sources and witnesses said that aerial attacks on armed targets have been renewed. FULL REPORT