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Egyptian Soldier Killed in Sinai Peninsula

An Egyptian soldier was killed on Sunday during clashes with armed Islamists in the Sinai Peninsula, says army spokesman.
By Elad Benari, Canada
First Publish: 9/17/2012, 12:56 AM

Egyptian soldier patrols along the border
Egyptian soldier patrols along the border
AFP/File/Menahem Kahana

An Egyptian soldier was killed on Sunday during clashes with armed Islamists in the Sinai Peninsula, army spokesman Colonel Ahmed Mohammed Ali said, according to AFP.

The soldier died of his wounds after troops and security forces exchanged fire with the armed Muslims in North Sinai, close to the border with Gaza, Ali told state television.

Security officials told AFP that the soldier, Alaa Mohammed Eid, was shot in the stomach and succumbed to his injuries after being transferred to a Cairo hospital.

The clashes were sparked after a security building in the Sinai was attacked, and three policemen were wounded in separate fighting in the area, security officials said.

The fighting erupted as armed men belonging to Islamic groups attacked the North Sinai security headquarters in the town of Al-Arish at dawn using rocket-propelled grenades and automatic rifles, one official said.

"They positioned themselves on the roofs of buildings opposite the security headquarters and launched the RPGs," the official told AFP.

Fighting stopped after the armed men fled the area, the official said, adding, “It seems they set off an explosive device at the security headquarters first before using the RPGs.”

In a separate incident, fighting in the town of Sheikh Zuwayyid near the border with the Gaza Strip left three policemen wounded, another official said.

Egyptian security forces launched a campaign to crush terrorists in the restive Sinai, after an attack on an army outpost killed 16 soldiers on August 5.

Sunday’s incident occurred after on Friday, armed Bedouin broke through the fence of the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) peacekeepers' compound and set fire to an observation tower. In the ensuing clashes, two Colombians and an Egyptian were injured, a security official told AFP.

(Arutz Sheva’s North American Desk is keeping you updated until the start of Rosh Hashanah in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)