Egypt officials: Attack kills 3 soldiers, 3 militants in Sinai

Egyptian security officials said at least three soldiers and three militants have been killed in a militant attack on a checkpoint in restive northern Sinai province. (File/AFP)
Updated 14 September 2019

Egypt officials: Attack kills 3 soldiers, 3 militants in Sinai

  • No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack
  • Militants opened fire Saturday on the Mahajr checkpoint in the coastal city of El-Arish, officials said

EL-ARISH: Egyptian security officials said at least three soldiers and three militants have been killed in a militant attack on a checkpoint in the restive northern Sinai province.
They said the militants opened fire Saturday on the Mahajr checkpoint in the coastal city of El-Arish, and that the attack also wounded two soldiers.
The officials said the soldiers chased the militants and killed three of them. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak to the media.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.
Egypt has for years been battling a long-running insurgency in North Sinai that is now led by an affiliate of Daesh. The fighting intensified in 2013 after the military overthrew an elected but divisive Islamist president.


Palestinian official Erekat in critical, stable condition

Updated 19 min 23 sec ago

Palestinian official Erekat in critical, stable condition

  • Erekat was receiving artificial respiration in the intensive care unit at Israel’s Hadassah Medical Center
  • He was a senior adviser to late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and current President Mahmoud Abbas

JERUSALEM: Senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat remained in critical but stable condition in an Israeli hospital Tuesday, his family said, after he was infected with the coronavirus.
Erekat’s family told the official Palestinian news agency WAFA that he was receiving artificial respiration in the intensive care unit at Israel’s Hadassah Medical Center.
Erekat, 65, has been one of the Palestinians’ most recognizable faces over the past several decades, serving as a senior negotiator in talks with Israel. He was also a senior adviser to late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and current President Mahmoud Abbas.
He was hospitalized Sunday at the Jerusalem hospital despite the Palestinian leadership’s decision earlier this year to sever ties with Israel over plans to begin annexing parts of the occupied West Bank as part of President Donald Trump’s Mideast plan.
The hospital said Monday that Erekat’s case was extremely challenging in light of his history of health problems, including a lung transplant in 2017. It said he suffered from a weak immune system, and a bacterial infection in addition to COVID-19.