The Egyptian army military spokesman announced today, Tuesday, that a fighter plane had fallen in a training area, killing its commander.
The military spokesman did not specify the location of the crash, or the reasons, but stated in his statement that the plane was carrying out a training activity and the cause of the crash was being determined.
Sources told Al-Jazeera Mubasher that the F-16 plane landed south of Rafah in North Sinai, without clarifying the reasons for its crash.
The sources added the arrival of large reinforcements of the army forces from Al-Saha camp in Rafah and Al-Zuhoor camp in Sheikh Zuweid in an attempt to recover the pilot’s body.
According to the sources, clashes took place between the militants affiliated with the Islamic State and the army forces in the south of the city of Rafah, where the plane fell.
Egypt launched the comprehensive operation “Sinai 2018” in February 2018 to eliminate those it calls “pro-Islamic militants” whom it accuses of carrying out attacks in the past few years that have killed hundreds of security forces and civilians.
So far, this process has killed hundreds of “takfiris”, as the Egyptian army calls them.
International human rights organizations have criticized more than once the consequences of civilian life in North Sinai as a result of the comprehensive operation.