8 killed in mortar attacks in North Sinai

Seven civilians and one soldier were killed late Sunday in two separate attacks in North Sinai, a statement on the Armed Forces’ spokesperson’s page said.

Seven people were killed and 25 others injured in Arish in a mortar attack that targeted a market in the North Sinai capital, the statement said.

Mortars also targeted a military post, killing one soldier and injuring three others.

The injured were transferred to the Arish Hospital, according to the statement.

The North Sinai governor said families of the victims and injured will be given LE10,000 and LE5,000 respectively in compensation, state-owned MENA reported.

The Armed Forces said in the statement that such attacks will not deter the military from its fight against terrorism, and will only strengthen its resolve.

Egypt’s military has launched a sustained crackdown on armed groups in the Sinai Peninsula since attacks on security forces increased following the removal of former President Mohamed Morsi from power in July 2013.

The attack also comes amid continued Israeli airstrikes on the nearby Gaza Strip which started on June 27, when Hamas began to fire primitive rockets into Israeli territory.

Israel’s retaliatory strikes have killed over 150 Palestinians, including dozens of women and children, while several hundreds more have been injured or displaced by the assaults.

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