More Violence in Northern Sinai

CAIRO (Reuters) -

Armed men launched a series of attacks on Sunday on security checkpoints in the North Sinai towns of Sheikh Zuweid and El Arish close to Egypt’s border with Israel and the Gaza Strip, and one soldier was killed.

The attacks were part of a spike in violence there since Wednesday’s overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi.

Gunmen in pickup trucks exchanged gunfire with soldiers and police in Sheikh Zuweid in the early hours of the morning, but there were no casualties, security sources said.

In two separate attacks by armed assailants on Sunday evening in El Arish, one soldier was killed and a police officer wounded, security sources added.

On Friday, five security officers were killed in skirmishes with suspected terrorists in El Arish.