DAMASCUS, SYRIA (11:20 P.M.) – On Thursday, militants loyal to the Islamic State reportedly launched an assault against government forces in a sparsely populated area west of Sheikh Zuweid, a predominately Bedouin town near the Gaza Strip.

As ISIS militants attempted to infiltrate a military checkpoint on the perimeter of Qabr Omair village, the Egyptian Army rushed reinforcements to the area and managed to hold its ground before driving the jihadist militants back into the vast desert of Sinai Province.

Although heavy clashes were reported to have taken place by local sources, the exact death toll on either side remains unbeknownst to Al-Masdar News.

On Saturday, Egypt was struck by one of its worst terror attacks in years after ISIS militants detonated a massive bomb inside the Rawdah mosque and opened fire upon civilians in the town of Bir Al-Abed, also located in northern Sinai.

According to officials, 305 Egyptian people were killed and a further 128 civilians wounded during the attack. Sadly, 27 children were among the dead.

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Student currently living in Denmark. Special focus on news from Syria, MENA map-making and strategical military analysis.

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