Assailants raid house, kill 8 in Egypt's North Sinai Al-Arish city

Ahram Online , Thursday 12 Nov 2015

Eight civilians were shot dead late Wednesday by unknown assailants who raided their home in Egypt's North Sinai Al-Arish city, MENA state news agency reported.

Security and medical sources told the state news agency that the unknown assailants raided a house in Al-Batal district in Al-Arish city and shot everyone present in the house.

The attack resulted in the death of eight people, one of which was a young girl, while another individual was injured.

Security sources claim that the killing of the eight individuals was due to conflicts between families.

AFP, however, reported that the "victims had been killed for cooperating with security forces," according to other security sources.

Previous media reports have been issued of civilians killed by Islamist militants for allegedly cooperating with the army and police personnel in the northern parts of the peninsula. 

Al-Arish is at the center of ongoing fighting between Egyptian armed forces and Islamist militants Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis.

The majority of attacks carried out by Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis are reported to have targeted security personnel.

Fighting between the Egyptian armed forces and Islamist militants has intensified in the past two years, with hundreds killed from both camps.

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