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Death toll of N Sinai attack reaches 11 civilians

Ahram Online , Wednesday 8 Apr 2015
Bedouins squat over a hilly area in Rafah city, north Sinai, Egypt, March 2012. (Photo: Reuters)
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Eleven civilians were killed in an RPG attack in Sheikh Zweid city in Egypt's North Sinai on Wednesday, medical sources told Al-Ahram arabic news website while an official death toll is yet to be announced.

The unnamed sources said six of the casulties are children, in addition to two women and three men.

Health ministry undersecretary for North Sinai Tarek Khater had earlier confirmed to Ahram Online that one of the victims is two years old. Six were also injured in the attack, he said, adding that an unknown rocket-propelled grenade hit houses of citizens.

Head of Egypt's ambulance authority Ahmad El-Ansary confirmed that there was fire exchanges and an RPG attack in Sheikh Zweid city, but couldn't confirm a definite death toll.

Egypt's army has been fighting a decade-long militant Islamist insurgency that has spiked since the ouster of president Mohamed Morsi in summer 2013.

In recent months, militants have increasingly attacked economic targets in urban areas across Egypt, such as electricity pylons and mobile-network stores.

Egypt is also currently trying 213 alleged members of Sinai-based militant group Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis in court over 54 separate crimes, including killing police and the attempted assassination of former interior minister Mohamed Ibrahim.

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