Egypt Independent

Gunmen attack military checkpoint in North Sinai



A military checkpoint in North Sinai was attacked by rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) on Saturday, resulting in the injury of two recruits.

A security source said that a group of masked gunmen targeted the Abu Tawila military checkpoint in Sheikh Zuwaid with RPGs at dawn.

Recruits Ahmed Refaat and Carolos Mansour were hit with shrapnel in the attack. They were transferred to the military hospital in Arish City.

Eyewitnesses reported that the assailants drove two Hyundai Elantra cars and a motorcycle.

A state of dissatisfaction prevailed among security forces in the Rafah camp following the incident. The soldiers demanded better protection at the border, as many have been kidnapped or injured by smugglers without higher authorities taking action.

The attack on Saturday was the third on security checkpoints in Sinai and the first on a military checkpoint.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm