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Fresh clashes reported in Egypt's Sinai peninsula

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Fresh clashes reported in Egypt's Sinai peninsula

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Fresh fighting has erupted between gunmen and police in Egypt’s Sinai region, according to state television.

The clashes reportedly broke out in the northern town of al-Arish, close to a police station.

State television did not identify the gunmen and, according to a Reuters correspondent in al-Arish,
the town is now calm after the reported violence.

The fighting comes a day after Egyptian security forces launched a crackdown on suspected Islamist militants in the region.

The army’s security sweep follows an attack on border guards on Sunday by gunmen who then stormed through an Israeli border crossing. Sixteen Egyptian guards were killed in the violence.

Israel said it was a “wake-up call” for Egypt to take
a firmer grip on a region threatened by growing lawlessness.

On Wednesday, Egyptian aircraft struck at suspected militant targets near the border and troops raided villages.

According to one security source, the army was due to bring in extra personnel, tanks and other armoured vehicles to al-Arish on Thursday to widen the security operation.