Civilians injured in explosives detonation operation in Arish


CAIRO: At least nine civilians were reported injured Tuesday when security forces blew up a car full of explosives in Arish city, Mohamed Sultan, the head of emergencies at the Health Ministry, told Sada el-Balad.

All the injured were treated in Arish public hospital and were in good condition, he added.

The accident reportedly took place late Tuesday night. Security forces had suspected an empty car parked outside a building during curfew hours. Curfew hours were imposed in North Sinai in late October from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m., following an attack on the military that left 31 soldiers dead.

The injured included children and women, despite that a security official told Youm7 that the forces had evacuated the area before proceeding with the detonation from a distance. News also reported that a building collapsed as a result of the explosion. No deaths were reported.

Just a few hours after the incidents were reported, the Armed Forces’ official spokesperson Mohamed Samir’s Facebook page posted a six-minute video promoting the army’s operations against terrorist groups in Sinai and emphasizing the “control of security forces in North Sinai.”

The incidents preceded a series of other minor explosions in other parts of Egypt on Wednesday morning. In Cairo, near the district of Warraq, a person was killed and another injured after a bomb that was in their possession exploded as they were on a motorcycle, according to Al-Masry Al-Youm.

Another bomb went off with no injuries reported but resulted in a temporary halt of railroads operations in the governorate of Sharqia, namely the lines between its capital Zagazig and Mansoura, the capital of Qalyubia to the north.

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