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Egyptian teen killed by mortar shell in Sinai Peninsula

Nov. 6, 2016 5:22 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 6, 2016 6:59 P.M.)
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CAIRO (Ma'an) -- An Egyptian teenager was killed and two other youths were injured on Sunday morning after a mortar shell hit a house in al-Rasm neighborhood of Rafah city, in the northern Sinai Peninsula.

Egyptian security sources told Ma'an that 17-year-old Jihad Judah Khalaf was killed when a mortar shell landed on his family home.

They added that 22-year-old Salim Sabir Salim and 17-year-old Miri Ahmad Suleiman were injured in the attack. The two were evacuated to a hospital in the nearby city of al-Arish.

It wasn't clear who fired the shell, the sources added.

The Sinai Peninsula has been the stage of ongoing attacks, particularly targeting Egyptian military and police forces, which have increased since Egyptian President Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi took power from democratically-elected Muhammad Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013.

The Egyptian president came under attack following his violent suppression of Muslim Brotherhood members following his rise to power, which Sisi has argued is necessary to deter future attacks in the Sinai and across Egypt.

Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, the militant group responsible for a majority of attacks on military personnel, aligned with the Islamic State group in November 2014, changing its name to Sinai Province.
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