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Palestinian killed, 2 Egyptians injured in Sinai Peninsula bombing

Jan. 16, 2017 4:56 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 16, 2017 4:56 P.M.)
(File)
CAIRO (Ma’an) -- A Palestinian was killed and two Egyptians were injured on Monday after a bomb exploded in front of an auto shop in the city of al-Arish in Egypt’s northern Sinai Peninsula. 

The bomb exploded while Palestinian national Ayman Yunis Abu Hashish, 50, and two unidentified Egyptians were walking in front of the shop.

Abu Hashish was killed instantly, while the two Egyptians were taken to al-Arish hospital for treatment. 

The city of al-Arish is the closest Egyptian city to the besieged Gaza Strip, located just 53 kilometers away from the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the Palestinian territory. 

The coastal city has been the site of several bombings and attacks, mostly on Egyptian security forces, in recent months, with the most recent suicide bombing last week killing nine Egyptian soldiers and injuring 10 others. 

The attacks have increased since Egyptian President Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi took power from 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 argued was 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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