Egypt Watch

Three sisters were injured in a landmine explosion in North Sinai

On Saturday, three Egyptian girls were injured in a landmine explosion in Al-Arish, North Sinai. Eyewitnesses said that the landmine was planted by terrorist groups to target the Egyptian security forces. It exploded while several girls were on agricultural land near their house. They added that the injured girls were transferred to Al-Arish General Hospital for treatment.

Hospital sources confirmed that the three girls arrived with severe injuries and underwent various surgeries. Four passengers died, and twenty others were injured, including two women and a child, in a traffic accident on the Arish-Qantara International Road in North Sinai last week.

Eyewitnesses said that a seven-passenger vehicle collided with a microbus and that several Palestinian passengers were among the victims. Three people died a week ago due to a similar traffic accident on the same road. Residents complained a lot about the bad shape of the road, without any maintenance being carried out by government agencies.

According to the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics, traffic accidents in Egypt amounted to 5,220 casualties in the first half of 2019, compared to 4,426 accidents in the same period in 2018, an increase of 17.9%. The number of deaths and injuries resulting from traffic accidents reached 7,613 cases during the first half of 2019, with a monthly average of 1,269 cases. Road accidents during 2020 led to the death of 6,164 people and the injury of 56,789 others.