Egyptian soldiers stand on October 30, 2014 near armored military vehicles in Rafah, near the border with the southern Gaza Strip, as Egypt began setting up a buffer zone along the border with the Hamas-run territory to prevent militant infiltration
Egyptian soldiers stand on October 30, 2014 near armored military vehicles in Rafah, near the border with the southern Gaza Strip, as Egypt began setting up a buffer zone along the border with the Hamas-run territory to prevent militant infiltration © Mohammed Abed - AFP/File
Egyptian soldiers stand on October 30, 2014 near armored military vehicles in Rafah, near the border with the southern Gaza Strip, as Egypt began setting up a buffer zone along the border with the Hamas-run territory to prevent militant infiltration
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Last updated: October 31, 2014

Egypt troops targeted in Sinai a week after deadly blast

Seven Egyptian soldiers were wounded Friday in an explosion near El-Arish, a week after a deadly attack in the same area of the Sinai peninsula killed 30 soldiers, a security official said.

"Two officers and five soldiers were wounded in a bomb explosion against their vehicle south of El-Arish," the capital of North Sinai province, the source said.

The explosive device had been planted on a road used by army patrols and police.

On October 24, a suicide bomber killed 30 soldiers in the Sinai bordering the Gaza Strip.

Egyptian authorities on Wednesday began demolishing houses along its border with the Palestinian territory to set up a buffer zone.

Last week's attack was the deadliest targeting the security forces since the army toppled Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July last year.

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