Seven people have been killed in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula in an exchange of fire that hit their home, security and medical officials said. It was not immediately clear whether it was a missile fired by one of the Egyptian army helicopters that have repeatedly struck fighters, or an errant mortar round from fighters, security officials told the AFP news agency.
The casualities in the house south of the Rafah border town in Tuesday’s blast included women and children, medical officials said. According to the AFP, they have not yet been identified.
Officials who spoke to the AP news agency on condition of anonymity said the civilians were from a prominent Bedouin family in the village of Negah Shabana.
They said it happened while the area was heavily shelled by fighters and the Egyptian military.
The officials said a 65-year-old woman was injured by shrapnel during the exchange of fire and was rushed to hospital for treatment.