1 dead in North Sinai shelling

Daily News Egypt
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A military base in Al-Arish (Photo Public Domain)

A rocket-propelled grenade landed on a residential home, killing one person and injuring at least four more on Thursday morning, state-owned news agency MENA reported.

The residents were from the Northern Sinai town of Sheikh Zuwied. The source of the shelling remains unidentified.

Earlier this week, a series of shellings in Sheikh Zuwied left two children dead, according to North Sinai’s Health Ministry Undersecretary Tarek Khater.

It is unclear whether the shelling was attributed to the armed forces or North Sinai’s militants.

North Sinai residents previously told Daily News Egypt that civilians are found dead on a “daily basis”.

A militant insurgency has been on the rise since the military ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.

The Egyptian armed forces have claimed to be fighting a “war against terrorism”, targeting militant hideouts, with the Sinai-based militant group “State of Sinai” claiming that the army hits civilian targets. Such claims have been repeatedly refuted by the army, who consistently state their operations hit militant targets.

The “State of Siani” has repeatedly taken responsibility for attacks against military conscripts in Northern Sinai. The most significant of them was launched on 29 January on a number of security facilities, where houses in the vicinity were damaged and several residents relocated following the attack.

A Democracy Index (DI) study recently proclaimed Sinai to be the “bloodiest” area in Egypt.

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