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ISIS Sinks Egyptian Ship With Missile

Updated on July 16, 2015
The top photo shows the missile in flight and the impact.
The top photo shows the missile in flight and the impact.

The Egyptian government has confirmed a naval ship was sunk from a missile from the Sinai coastline. ISIS has been focusing its efforts in securing the Sinai area near the Gaza strip since the start of July. The Egyptian airforce has been conducting numerous airstrikes against their strongholds and sending in army units to confront up to 1000 ISIS or pro-ISIS supporters attempting to stop the spread towards the Suez Canal. Egypt seems to be losing part of the Sinai despite the firepower. Many of the main roads are blocked by ISIS.

Western media seems to have decided not to report about this ongoing battle that the Egyptian army and navy are conducting. Now, another fear has come true. ISIS has told the media that that have captured missiles taken from the Iraqis or Syrians. Now they have proved it.

The Egyptian coast guard vessel was patrolling off the coast of Rafah to prevent any outgoing or incoming vessels when it was suddenly exploded, killing all men on deck. ISIS claimed this victory and provided photos (taken from a video) showing the situation. The vessel was also attacking suspected ISIS members when the missile was fired. The missile used seems to a Russian Kornet anti-tank missile that can be used against ships close to shore. It does not appear to be a anti-ship missile. The Sinai area is largely occupied by various tribes and many have alleged their allegiance to the Islamic State. All 70 on the ship were killed.

The action has sent shock waves. The number of Kornets that IS has is unknown, but even if a few reach the Suez Canal and conduct attacks on seagoing traffic moving through canal, would be monumental.


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    • perrya profile image

      perrya 2 years ago

      I suspect that if an when IS manages to reach the Suez, Egypt will ask for US help. But this sinking may only be a "one-shot" affair for IS.

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      Madan 2 years ago from Abu Dhabi

      Yes, it will be tough