Conscript killed in militant attack on checkpoint in Rafah

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90% of houses within 500 metres of Gaza border evacuated in Rafah. (AFP File Photo)

An army conscript was killed on Friday evening by anonymous militants in North Sinai’s Rafah in an attack that targeted El-Maswora checkpoint.

The attack resulted in the death of conscript Abdel Qader Reda Ibrahim, 22. His corpse was transferred to the Military Hospital in Al-Arish.

Meanwhile, security forces arrested 18 suspects belonging to the Islamic State-affiliated group “Sinai Province” on Friday. Four of them were involved in planting improvised explosive devices (IED) in Al-Arish, targeting armoured security vehicles. Those mentioned were arrested during a state security campaign executed south of Al-Arish, according to state media.

During the same campaign, security forces succeeded in detonating three IEDs that were prepared to target armoured vehicles at Bir El-Hafn checkpoint. Forces also detonated three other IEDs planted south of Al-Arish, according to state-run Akhbar Al-Youm.


Clashes between security forces and “Sinai Province” militants have intensified recently as security forces continue the Martyr’s Right operation. IEDs are being detonated nearby checkpoints and armoured vehicles on a near daily basis.


Rafah is one of the North Sinai cities where militants are based, in addition to Sheikh Zuweid and Al-Arish. Residents there have long complained about the infrastructure and services provided by the government, as well as the absence of vital services such as health care and proper education.


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