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Shrapnel spills over Egyptian border hitting Gaza home

Saturday, October 8, 2016 15:43
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Shrapnel spills over Egyptian border hitting Gaza home
Oct. 8, 2016 3:36 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 8, 2016 9:10 P.M.)

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Shrapnel spilled over the Egyptian border from the
Northern Sinai peninsula on Saturday, hitting the rooftop of a Palestinian
house in the city of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.

Witnesses told Ma’an that shrapnel from an Egyptian shell fell onto the
central Rafah home, which belongs to the Amer family, and is located some
100 meters away from the Gazan border with Egypt.

No one was inside the home when it was hit and no injuries were reported.

Witnesses added that sounds of clashes were heard from the Egyptian side of
the border.

Egypt’s Northern Sinai Peninsula has been the site of deadly violence in
recent years, characterized by attacks targeting Egyptian military and
police, which increased since Egyptian President Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi took
power from democratically-elected Muhammad Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood
in 2013.

The Egyptian president faced backlash following his violent suppression of
Muslim Brotherhood members after his rise to power, which Sisi has argued is
necessary to deter future attacks in the Sinai and across Egypt.

Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, the militant group responsible for a majority of
attacks on military personnel, aligned with the Islamic State group in
November 2014, changing its name to Sinai Province.

According to recent statistics published by the Islamic State
(ISIS)-affiliated media outlet Ammaq, during the past three months, the
Sinai Province snipers killed 35 Egyptian police and army conscripts, the
majority of which were carried out in Rafah, Daily News Egypt reported last

Most recently, unidentified gunmen shot and killed five Egyptian soldiers in
al-Arish in the Northern Sinai peninsula last Saturday.


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