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    At least six Arab tribesmen, including a tribe leader, were killed in violent clashes with Islamists in North Sinai, local media reported on Wednesday.

    CAIRO (Sputnik) — Arab tribesmen died Wednesday in a fight with Islamist militants in North Sinai south of the town of Rafah.

    Fighters from the local Tarabin Bedouin tribe assaulted positions of Daesh terror group (outlawed in Russia) near the Gaza Strip border, the Al-Araby Al-Jadeed outlet said.

    The outlet cited sources among the local population who said a young tribe leader was among those killed in the offensive, backed by Egyptian forces from air and later on land.

    Tribesmen have been chasing Islamists in the Sinai desert for the past two weeks after the tribe’s sheikh called on other Bedouin groups to unite against the common threat in the region that has been troubled by local insurgency for years, according to reports.

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    clashes, Islamists, bedouins, North Sinai, Egypt
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