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As the Egyptian military struggles to contain the Daesh (ISIS) affiliate in Sinai, Wilayat Sinai, its already forceful response is becoming more heavy-handed.Across Egypt, air raids were responsible for 451 of the cases reported, assassinations for 443 cases, deaths during sustained state operations for 368 cases, and artillery for 56 cases. The use of artillery and the air force therefore constitute 36.6 percent of all extrajudicial killing in Egypt. Reflecting the heavier crackdown is a rise in the number of attacks claimed by Wilayat Sinai, the local Daesh affiliate and the main insurgent group, reaching 48 attacks per month for the first six months of 2016, compared to 28 per month for the six months prior.There are local reports of attacks by the Egyptian air force on villages in Sinai, leading to the destruction of a number of homes and civilian deaths.However, foreign intelligence agencies, including the Central Intelligence Agency and the Israel Defense Forces, estimated in mid-2016 that the size of Wilayat Sinai ranges from several hundred to a thousand militants, far below the numbers of reported killings.
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