A young man was reportedly killed on Tuesday from a bullet due to reckless shooting in the area of El Reissa, east of the North Sinai city of Al-Arish. Two civilians were also injured in the same shooting, according to state-run newspaper Akhbar Al Youm.
The newspaper quoted eyewitnesses asserting that the deceased is 24-year-old Abdel Latif, who was hit in the head by a bullet, resulting in his immediate death. The source of the shooting could not be determined.
Meanwhile, the newspaper added that a security conscript, named Ahmed Samy, suffered an wound to his hand due to a gunshot from anonymous militants, while he was on duty in one of the security checkpoints located near Al-Arish’s third police station in El Massied suburb of Al-Arish.
Since 2013, both the army and the police have been engaged in violent clashes with “Sinai Province,” known previously as Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis. In 2014, the group declared its affiliation to ISIS and launched deadly attacks on army and police checkpoints.
Over the course of the last two years, the Egyptian armed forces launched counterattacks against militants’ stationing points across the Sinai Peninsula, where the group is based, particularly in the cities of Sheikh Zuweid, Rafah, and Al-Arish.