Gunmen shoot at pro-military march
Armed forces in Sinai during a patrol - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Gunmen fired at a march in support of the Armed Forces in the city of Sheikh Zuwayed in North Sinai on Thursday.

Eye witnesses said armed men fired from four cars at a gathering of people who were preparing to rally to call on Minister of Defense Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to run for president.

After the shooting, the march was dispersed and no one was injured, according to the eyes witnesses.

Violence has significantly increased in North Sinai since the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, as military and police have been repeatedly targeted and villages frequently raided.

According to army spokesperson Ahmed Ali, the military crackdown on alleged militants in the area resulted in significant losses in the ranks of the hardline Islamist groups.

Additional reporting by Mohamed Hussein.

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