Shifting terrorist tactics slow development in Egypt’s North Sinai

Egypt is rolling out ambitious development projects in the peninsula adjoining the Suez Canal, Israel, and Gaza, but pockets of instability persist despite an intensified military campaign.

Large scale assaults on military and government positions have subsided but terrorists have shifted tactics, staging more individual attacks, deploying snipers, and planting explosives, security sources and analysts say.

Their ability to temporarily overrun villages near Bir al-Abd in north-west Sinai this summer shows security remains fragile, while poverty and neglect have not been fully addressed, they say.

At least 15 people have been killed by explosive devices around Bir al-Abd since Oct. 10, security sources said, alarming residents and highlighting the risks for development projects.