On August 5, 2012, 16 Egyptian military personnel were killed in Sinai, near Egypt’s border. There were calls from different quarters to demand accountability, with the main question being: if Egypt’s security and intelligence services are doing their jobs, how could such a plot against Egypt’s military take place?
The reality is – Sinai is a no-man’s land, where the Egyptian state is at its weakest.Dr. H.A. Hellyer
As yet, no-one knows who was responsible for their deaths – except that the authorities apparently succeeded in entering a Sinai village, including from the air, killed 20 terrorists, and destroyed several armored cars belonging to them. The public was never given the names of those who were killed, or even independent confirmation that they were killed. They have received no information about if they were Egyptians, or non-Egyptians. The public never had the opportunity to learn whether or not an attempt to arrest such perpetrators took place – or if there was just a summary execution from the air.