Egypt says shelling levelled home, killed entire family

Smoke rises after a house is blown up during a military operation by Egyptian security forces in the Egyptian city of Rafah, near the border with southern Gaza Strip October 29, 2014. At least 33 Egyptian security personnel were killed on Friday in the Sinai Peninsula bordering Israel and Gaza, in an attack on a checkpoint that bore the marks of assaults claimed by Egypt's most active militant group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis. Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Saturday the military would respond with measures in the border area where a buffer zone is likely to be expanded to pursue militants and destroy tunnels used to smuggle weapons and fighters. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem (GAZA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)

El-ARISH, Egypt — Egyptian officials say militants in the restive northern Sinai have shelled a home near a security checkpoint, killing an entire family of five and wounding a teenage neighbor.

Medical and security officials said Thursday that one of the victims, a five-year-old girl, remains buried under the rubble of the demolished home in the city of Rafah. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they aren’t authorized to speak to reporters.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. Sinai has been plagued for years by an insurgency, which escalated after the 2013 military overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi amid mass protests against him.

A Sinai-based Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) affiliate has targeted Egyptian troops in Sinai and claimed the Oct. 31 downing of a Russian airliner that killed 224 people.

Source- CBS News

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