Mortar fire kills 4 children, woman in Egypt’s Sinai

Cairo – Four children and a woman were killed on
Friday when a mortar round crashed into their
home in North Sinai, where the Egyptian army is
battling jihadists, officials said.
Security and medical sources said the woman
and the children, aged between 6 and 16, died in
Sheikh Zuweid, near North Sinai’s main town of
El-Arish.
It was unclear which side fired the mortar round,
a type used by both the army and militants.
Five civilians were killed on Wednesday in a
similar incident in the same area.
North Sinai is a bastion of the “Sinai Province”
jihadist group.
Formerly known as Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, it
changed its name when it pledged allegiance to
the Islamic State group in November.
On July 1, the group carried out a series of
attacks on security forces in Sheikh Zuweid that
the military said killed 21 soldiers.
The jihadists say their attacks are in response to
a crackdown launched by the authorities after
Islamist president Mohamed Morsi’s ouster,
which has seen at least 1 400 people killed and
thousands more jailed.
– AFP

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