How did the Egyptian thunderbolt respond to the terrorist attack of ISIS?

How did the Egyptian thunderbolt respond to the terrorist attack of ISIS?

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How did the Egyptian thunderbolt respond to the terrorist attack of ISIS?

The Epic of Perth was named after a military site located in an area near the Egyptian city of Rafah in North Sinai.

The “Ambush of Perth Epic” has a special feature within the Egyptian army’s operations in recent years against terrorist elements in Sinai, due to its horrific details, and the severity of the attack on the site, both in terms of the number of terrorist elements participating in it, as well as in terms of their armament and the car bombs used to besiege it.

And also because of the determination of the Egyptian military in the confrontation over a period of several hours until the arrival of air supplies.

Over the course of about 4 continuous hours of steadfastness, the Egyptian officers and soldiers demonstrated a steadfastness that prevented the terrorist elements from taking control of the site or capturing any of the soldiers, after those elements surrounded the site, trying to prevent the delivery of supplies through mines and heavily armored car bombs.

The terrorist elements were aiming to control the strategically located “Al-Berth” and raise the ISIS flag over it, in an attempt to achieve a victory – at least in the media – through which they would promote their control and presence and showcase and display their alleged strength.

Some of the officers who defected from the Ministry of Interior who joined the terrorist organization participated in the attack.

The Al-Burth region is considered an influential strategic point, which constitutes an obstacle to the infiltration of terrorist elements and cut off supplies to them, and then there were various attempts to target that point linking central Sinai with Rifa’ and Sheikh Zuweid.

The attack began on July 7, 2017, at four in the morning and crossed about 150 fighters affiliated with the terrorist organization ISIS, using about 12 cruise cars armed with various weapons, starting with light weapons, RPGs and mortars, as well as booby-traps and grenades.

car bombs

At the beginning of the attack, the terrorist elements used a car bomb that was camouflaged inside a farm, in order to penetrate the site, while the forces began to deal with it immediately, but the car, with its heavy armor and with shooting, exploded near the site, while the rest of the terrorist elements were surrounding the ambush, an attempt At the same time, it prevented supplies from reaching it in any way, by laying mines.

In the attack, the terrorist elements relied on car bombs in order to penetrate the security fortifications of the targeted positions and confront the forces that showed stability from the first moment of the attack.

Since the battalion commander, Lieutenant Colonel Staff of War, Ahmed Saber Al-Mansi, informed the army command that the site was under attack, and until the arrival of air support, the Egyptian military continued to defend the site and hunted down many terrorist elements.

Al-Mansi was not withdrawn from himself inside the site, but his soldiers participated in confronting ISIS, so he was shooting from the roof of the besieged building towards the terrorists, until he was shot dead by one of them, in a heroic scene, and the Egyptian drama trusted him in the series “The Choice 1”, which was shown in Ramadan 2020.

air support

Over the course of consecutive hours from the start of the attack until the arrival of support, the forces of the “103rd” battalion of the Egyptian “Thunderbolt” confronted the terrorist elements, while the support forces that moved to rescue the trapped were subjected to attacks with mines and car bombs, until the arrival of air support.

With the arrival of the Egyptian Air Force fighters, they began bombing and hunting down terrorist elements, until they were able to inflict more than 40 deaths among the terrorist elements, while those who managed to escape escaped, to be targeted in extensive combing operations conducted by the Armed Forces and the Interior Forces after that.

Al-Mansi’s orders during the battle were for his soldiers to protect each other, and not to leave the body of his colleague if he was killed so that it would not be represented by those terrorist elements, so the majority of those killed in the battle were heroes of the battle holding their weapons or inside their military equipment, while the elements could not The terrorist carried even one body of any of the heroes, and they fled, leaving the bodies of their takfiri colleagues who were hunted in that battle.

In the face of the valor of the Egyptian soldiers, the terrorist elements failed to achieve their goal of the attack, which is to occupy and completely destroy the security post and raise the ISIS flag to achieve a qualitative victory.

Championship and constancy

The Egyptian military and strategic expert, Major General Nasr Salem, says: “The terrorists were trying to capture any of the Egyptian armed forces’ elements in the attack and to occupy and destroy the ambush, but in front of the heroism and steadfastness of the forces, they failed to do so.”

The former head of the reconnaissance apparatus and advisor at the Nasser Military Academy, in statements to “Sky News Arabia”, refers to the particularity of that epic in particular, with the details it witnessed, especially with the large numbers of terrorist elements participating in the terrorist attack, who represent many times the soldiers present in the area. military site.

Regarding that battle, Salem said, “The heroes of the Egyptian armed forces fought to the last breath and inflicted very great losses among the terrorists, and the terrorist elements were unable to achieve their goals and control the ambush or capture any of the forces.”

He continued, “The epic of the Perth ambush – in which 26 members of the Egyptian armed forces were martyred and wounded when the terrorist attack was repelled – is a historical epic that joins the stories of the heroism of the Egyptian armed forces.”

He points out that “defending the homeland is a debt of every Egyptian and every free citizen, and that what Al-Mansi and his heroic companions who sacrificed their lives for the homeland presented is evidence of that.”

Next fights

The epic marked the beginning of another strong stage in the confrontation with terrorist organizations in Sinai, during which the armed forces, in cooperation with the civil police and the people of Sinai, were able to eliminate a large number of terrorist outposts and impose security and stability in that volatile region filled with terrorist operations at an earlier time.

The armed forces and the interior forces carried out continuous operations, and law enforcement forces directly – in cooperation with the Air Force – imposed a security cordon in order to surround the elements involved in the attack and who managed to escape, in the areas adjacent to the attack’s vicinity.

Those operations witnessed the implementation of a number of successful strikes that targeted terrorist gatherings, and the Ministry of Interior announced the killing of 14 elements participating in the operation in North Sinai during a security raid on a terrorist camp in Ismailia Governorate, after they fled there. The raid was carried out after information was available to the National Security Sector that a group of terrorist cadres in North Sinai Governorate had prepared an organizational camp to receive the polarized elements.

In addition to Colonel Ahmed Al-Mansi, a number of Egyptian soldiers fell in that battle: Captain Ahmed Omar Al-Shabrawi, First Lieutenant Ahmed Mohamed Mahmoud Hassanein, First Lieutenant Khaled Mohamed Kamal Al Maghribi, And Corporal Mohamed El-Sayed Ismail Ramadan.

The soldiers: Mahmoud Rajab Sayed Fattah, Muhammad Salah al-Din Gad Arafat, Ali Ali al-Sayed Ibrahim, Muhammad Izzat Ibrahim, Moamen Rizk Abu al-Yazid, Farraj Muhammad Mahmoud Ahmad, Imad Amir Rushdi Yaqoub, Muhammad Mahmoud Mohsen, Ahmad Muhammad Ali Najm, and Ali Hassan Muhammad al-Toukhi. , and Mahmoud Sabry Mohammed. Among the artillery forces are Captain Mohamed Salah Mohamed, soldier Mohamed Mahmoud Farag, Ahmed El-Araby Mustafa, and civilian delegate Sabri.

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