There goes the neighbourhood. Middle East Eye reports that:

“Seven civilians, including two children, were killed by a car bomb in Sinai that exploded moments after it and its four occupants were crushed by an Egyptian tank.

Footage released by the army showed people running from their cars as the tank drove over the vehicle near Arish. However, the bomb detonated seconds later in a huge ball of flame.

The military said it intercepted the vehicle at a checkpoint and tried to stop the attack blast by running over the car.

No group has claimed the attack but the army said the car contained 100kg of explosives.

Four gunmen were inside the vehicle, the army said.

A military spokesman, Brigadier General Mohamed Samir, said the army’s intervention had helped avoid more than 50 people being killed.


Posting on Facebook, Samir wrote: “The armed forces reiterates that such terrorist acts only strengthen our determination to continue to eradicate this terrorism in our beloved Sinai from the roots.

“The armed forces will continue to sacrifice all that is precious, our sons’ lives, in order to preserve and protect this nation and its great people.”