The severity of the insurgency facing the Egyptian military in the Sinai Peninsula has been highlighted by a video showing the attack that reportedly killed at least 30 Egyptian soldiers on 24 October.

The Egyptian authorities were vague about the incident, saying only that there had been a suicide vehicle bombing at a checkpoint near the town of Sheikh Zuwaid in North Sinai.

A high-resolution video released on 14 November by the Sinai Province of the Islamic State – a radical Sunni group that previously called itself Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis – showed militants carrying out drive-by shootings, roadside bombings against armoured vehicles, executions of captives, and sabotage attacks on gas pipelines. […]