Mortar shell kills 2 civilians in Egypt's Sinai

2017-07-08 13:02


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Cairo -Egyptian security and medical officials say two civilians were killed and four were wounded when a mortar shell hit their vehicle in the central city of el-Arish in northeastern Sinai Peninsula.

The officials say the incident took place in the el-Zohor district on Friday evening. They say the wounded - all from a single family - are in critical condition.

It wasn't immediately clear who fired the mortar shell. The district of el-Zohor is home to a military camp and also has a presence of ISIS militants.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorised to speak to the media.

The deaths came hours after Islamic militants attacked a checkpoint south of the town of Rafah, killing 23 soldiers and wounding 33 others. No group has claimed responsibility for that attack.

Egypt has in recent years been battling a stepped-up insurgency in northern Sinai, mainly by militants from an Islamic State group affiliate.

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