5 killed, 7 injured in North Sinai house shelling

Ahram Online , Tuesday 4 Aug 2015

No group has claimed responsibility for the incident

Five people were killed and seven injured after militants shelled a house on Tuesday near a security checkpoint in North Sinai's Sheikh Zuweid, North Sinai's Deputy Health Minister Tarek Khater told Ahram Online.

No group has claimed responsibility for the incident.

On 1 July, Sinai Province, formerly known as Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis, launched a massive attack against security forces in North Sinai, which left at least 121 people dead – around 100 militants and 21 soldiers.

The group changed its name in November 2014 when it pledged allegiance to the Islamic State militant group based in Syria and Iraq.

The Egyptian army has been facing a decade-long insurgency waged by Islamist militants which intensified following the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013. The violence has also spread to Cairo and other governorates.

On 11 July, a blast left one person dead in front of the Italian consulate in downtown Cairo, which was claimed by the Islamic State group.

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