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Two explosions within 24 hours in Rafah

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Four people injured in second attack

By Nasser El Azazy

An explosion in the early hours of Sunday morning at an unfinished security forces residence in Rafah has led to four people being injured. This attack follows a bombing at a security building in Rafah on Saturday night.

Security sources confirmed an explosive device had been planted in the building, which was being constructed for central security specialists securing a gas pipeline to Jordan.

Four construction workers were injured and three of them were transferred to Al-Arish general hospital for treatment. The injured men have incurred bruises and abrasions and one has a broken foot as a result of the explosion.

This second attack follows another explosion on Saturday night at a security building close to Rafah central hospital in the Safa neighbourhood. A security source confirmed an explosive device was found during the preliminary investigation. There were no injuries from the first attack but damage was done to the outer wall of the security building.

Residents nearby reported that they heard a huge thud as a result of the blast and found parts of the building and the wall blown up.

The attack on the security buildings are the latest in a string of incidents targeting security forces in the North Sinai governorate. Attacks on police and military apparatus have been frequent since August. A security camp in Rafah was attacked two weeks ago by masked gunmen who opened fire on security forces.

The army had to be deployed in the governorate to restore calm after gunmen killed three policemen and injured a Ministry of Interior inspector in two separate attacks.

 

Additional reporting by Joel Gulhane


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