Eleven dead in Sinai clash

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Seven Egyptian police officers and four militants were killed in a clash in the north of the Sinai Peninsula, the interior ministry said.

The clash happened on Tuesday when militants attacked forces stationed south-west of Arish.

Islamic State claimed the attack, saying it carried out simultaneous raids on military positions in Arish, according to a statement on the group’s Amaq news agency.

Security sources said the militants used more than 10 four-wheel vehicles in co-ordinated attacks at four sites.

Egyptian security forces have been battling Islamist militants in the Sinai Peninsula for years and launched a counter-insurgency campaign in the area in February 2018.

Earlier this month militants attacked a checkpoint in North Sinai, an assault that left eight security personnel dead according to the interior ministry.