Arish residents ‘cautiously’ celebrate spring after Sunday attacks
security outposts in North Sinai - YOUM7

CAIRO: A number of Arish City Residents flocked to the beach Monday to celebrate Sham el-Nessim, a traditional Egyptian spring holiday, after several attacks hit the city Sunday, Youm7 reported.

Some 15 security forces were killed and 65 conscripts and civilians were injured in Sunday attacks on security outposts in North Sinai, which is a hotbed of Islamist militant insurgency.

The last of the attacks took place during Sunday afternoon when a car laden with explosives crashed into the Arish Third Police Station, leaving eight soldiers dead and affecting more than 70 buildings nearby.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

Some six other soldiers were killed after an explosion targeted a military vehicle in Eastern Arish, Youm7 reported.

Assailants set fire to a fuel tank on Sheikh Zuwayed-Rafah Road; an attack on a security barrier in Rafah city left three conscripts injured.

The militant insurgency that is flourishing in the northern tip of the peninsula has killed hundreds of military and police personnel since the 2013 ouster of the President Mohamed Morsi.

In response, an intensified security campaign against “extremist elements” is taking place in North Sinai killing hundreds of them and uncovering tunnels used for smuggling on borders with Gaza.

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