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Report: Drone strike kills one in Egypt’s Sinai – Arab-Israeli Conflict


EGYPTIAN POLICEMEN are seen from the Israeli side patrolling the Sinai border on February 10..
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One person was killed in a drone strike in the northern Sinai in Egypt, Channel 2 reported Monday evening, citing Al Jazeera.

Two missiles from a drone were shot at a house and vehicle, killing one and injuring several others.

Reports circulated social media claiming Israel was behind the attack, though local media made no such claims.

According to Channel 2 the IDF declined to comment.

In the same area the Egyptian army and armed men in the region were involved in an exchange of fire and earlier in the day the Egyptian army reportedly killed seven Islamic State (ISIS) members in the area.

Monday morning ISIS claimed responsibility for a rocket attack that landed in landed in a greenhouse in the southern Eshkol Regional Council on Monday, according to ISIS linked news agency Amaq.

According to the IDF, the projectile was launched from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. One person suffered from shock as the result of the strike, however no other injuries were reported.

Rocket alert sirens were activated in the area to warn of the incoming projectile attack. Residents in the area reported hearing blasts. 

The IDF said security forces were sweeping the site of impact.

The attack came as Jews in Israel were preparing for the holiday of Passover, and shortly after the government decided to close its side of the Taba Border Crossing between Eilat and Egypt in light of concerns of terrorist attacks targeting tourists in the volatile Sinai region.

The Prime Minister’s Office announced the move in a statement that cited “the intensifying activities” of Islamic State-affiliated terrorists in the Sinai region in recent months.

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