In its statement, the Ministry of the Interior said, “Information was available to the National Security Sector about hiding of terrorist group elements in one of the yards located in Al-Obaidat / Third area of Al-Arish in North Sinai.”
The ministry explained that “their hiding area was targeted and we exchanged shots, killing 11 and found in their possession (6 machine gun – 2 cartridges – 3 explosive devices),” according to the allegations of the statement.
The Ministry of Interior’s statement added that “while others managed to escape, they were traced, besieged and our forces dealt with them, resulting in the death of other (6) people”.
The security forces used to announce the killing of some people in Sinai and other governorates in Egypt from time to time, while local and international human rights organizations questioned the narrative of the regime, and they feared that it would kill enforced disappeared of political opponents.
More than one international and domestic human rights institution, including Amnesty International, and Human Rights Watch, repeatedly alerted to the expansion of the extrajudicial killing phenomenon in Egypt, and monitored hundreds of documented cases of this phenomenon that worsened in Egypt after the third of July 2013 ( the military coup).
In a report issued last June, Human Rights Watch accused the Egyptian army and police of committing grave violations against civilians in the Sinai, some of which amounted to war crimes.