Families say 3 Egyptians accidently killed by army airstrike

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Egypt's Armed Forces announced on Friday that 26 soldiers were killed or wounded in an attacks on security checkpoints near the North Sinai town of Rafah.

In a statement released on Friday afternoon, Qassemi offered his sympathies to the Egyptian people and the bereaved families of the victims of the terrorist attack that led to the killing of at least ten Egyptian soldiers.

The attackers did, however, manage to detonate a auto bomb near an army checkpoint, according to the statement, leaving at least 26 security personnel either dead or injured.

Hundreds of soldiers and police have been killed during the attacks.

Egyptian security officials have raised the toll from a blitz attack by Islamic militants in Sinai to 23 soldiers killed and 33 wounded, making it one of the deadliest attacks in the volatile peninsula this year.

This story is developing.

Masked militants then continued the assault on foot.

Hamas' spokesman Fawzi Barhoum says the group considers the attack in Sinai "a criminal, a terrorist, and a coward attack that doesn't target Egypt only, but the security and stability of the entire Arab nation".

A clash that started with a suicide auto bomb at a checkpoint in the northern Sinai Peninsula killed or injured 26 members of Egypt's military and left some 40 militants dead, an Egyptian army spokesman says. The Daesh terrorist group, outlawed in Russian Federation, reportedly claimed responsibility for the terror acts.

The insurgents in Sinai pledged allegiance to Islamic State in 2014 and adopted the name Sinai Province.

Security sources described Friday's attack as a coordinated strike, with auto bombs blowing apart checkpoints as gunmen in four-wheel drive vehicles shot down soldiers running for cover.

"Unidentified gunmen attacked a military barricade in the village of Al-Barth in the city of Rafah", the source, requesting anonymity as he was not authorized to speak to media, said. It did not name the militants' suspected affiliation.

But over the past months, ISIS has focused its attacks on Egypt's Christian minority.

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