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Three Children, Woman Killed in Egypt's Sinai

Three children and a woman were killed Saturday in a blast and when a shell struck a house in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula where troops are battling Islamic State group jihadists, officials said.

Two children and a woman were killed when a shell slammed into a house in the North Sinai town of Sheikh Zuweid, scene of deadly fighting earlier this week between jihadists and security forces, medical and security officials said.

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Egypt's Sisi Rallies Troops in Sinai after IS Attacks

Egypt's president made an unannounced visit to the Sinai Peninsula Saturday to rally troops following a wave of deadly attacks on security forces by the Islamic State jihadists, his office said.

"President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is inspecting troops and police in the North Sinai," his office said without specifying where in the restive province.

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Egyptian IS Branch Claims Firing Rockets from Sinai at Israel

Two rockets fired from Egypt's violence-plagued Sinai Peninsula exploded inside Israeli territory on Friday without causing casualties, a military spokesman said.

"Two rockets fired from Sinai struck southern Israel, but without causing casualties or material damage," the spokesman said, without elaborating.

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Hamas Says Israeli Claim It Supported Sinai Attacks 'Propaganda'

Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas on Friday dismissed as "propaganda" an Israeli claim that it provided support related to this week's jihadist attacks against Egyptian soldiers in Sinai.

"The occupation's (Israel) statements about Hamas helping IS are stupid accusations... and propaganda that aims to incite against Hamas," spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told AFP, referring to the Islamic State group, whose fighters carried out the attacks.

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Two Years after Morsi, Egypt Stuck in Turmoil

Two years after the army deposed President Mohamed Morsi, Egypt is roiled by brazen Islamic State group attacks in the Sinai Peninsula and brutal government repression that has killed hundreds.

Militant attacks have persisted since the then army chief and now President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ousted Morsi on July 3, 2013, after mass street protests against the Islamist's single year of divisive rule.

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Israel Says Hamas Linked to IS Assault on Egyptian Army

A senior Israeli officer said Thursday the militant Palestinian movement Hamas played a part in attacks by the Islamic State group on Egyptian soldiers in the Sinai Peninsula.

"In the latest attacks Hamas gave support with weapons and organization to groups supporting IS," Major General Yoav Mordechai said in an interview in Arabic with Al-Jazeera television.

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Gunmen Shoot Dead Egypt Policeman

Two gunmen on a motorbike on Thursday shot dead an Egyptian traffic policeman in Fayoum, southwest of Cairo, police said.

The shooting comes a day after dozens were killed in North Sinai, including soldiers, in spectacular attacks waged by "the Sinai Province", the Egyptian affiliate of the Islamic State group.

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Egypt Vows to Wipe Out 'Dens of Terror' after IS Attacks

Egypt vowed Thursday to crush an escalating insurgency in the Sinai Peninsula after Islamic State group jihadists killed dozens in their most spectacular assault yet in the strife-plagued region.

The violence poses a major test for President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the former army chief who has pledged to wipe out the militants.

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Egypt Cabinet Passes Anti-Terror Law, Requests Faster Trials

Egypt's government adopted a controversial anti-terror law and requested a faster court appeals process on Wednesday, after the president pledged tougher laws following the assassination of the top prosecutor.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who vowed to adopt tougher measures following the killing of state prosecutor Hisham Barakat on Monday, is expected to swiftly ratify the law.

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Egypt Cabinet Passes Anti-Terror Law, Requests Faster Trials

Egypt's government adopted a controversial anti-terror law and requested a faster court appeals process on Wednesday, after the president pledged tougher laws following the assassination of the top prosecutor.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who vowed to adopt tougher measures following the killing of state prosecutor Hisham Barakat on Monday, is expected to swiftly ratify the laws.

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