Within the past year 2014, 177 civilians and military have been killed in North Sinai, according to official hospital records, the Egyptian Ministry of Health announced. According to a statement by Tarek Khater, the undersecretary of the health ministry in North Sinai, the number of those shot and admitted to hospitals — civilians or security forces — in the governorate reached 466.
The statement said that 177 — civilians and security forces combined — were killed, according to hospital records. A security source told the state-owned MENA news agency that in the last six months 70 police
officers were killed and 107 others injured in North Sinai.
Egypt's army is currently fighting a campaign against a decade-long militant insurgency in North Sinai. The Islamist group Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis has claimed responsibility for most attacks against security forces in Sinai.