Eyewitnesses in Al-Mahdeya village, south of Rafah City, North Sinai, have reported the killing of senior tribal chief of al-Sawarka Tribe Ahmed Hammad al-Meneai after an unidentified rocket shell fell on his house.
The body was transferred to Rafah Central Hospital.
Al-Sawarka tribe is one of Sinai's oldest tribes and the largest in number. It spreads in North Sinai, specifically in east and west Arish City.
Militant groups and the armed forces have engaged in ongoing conflict in North Sinai since the ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013. Hundreds on both sides have been killed during confrontations.
Many civilians are frequently killed as shells fall on their houses in North Sinai. A Bedouin woman died on July 27 and two others were injured after a missile fell on their house south Rafah city, North Sinai.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm