Published: Sat, November 25, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

More than 230 killed at Sinai mosque in Egypt

More than 230 killed at Sinai mosque in Egypt

The White House said Trump would be speaking with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at 3 p.m.

"I am deeply saddened by the cowardly terrorist act that targeted a mosque, in northern Sinai, and resulting deaths and injuries, the Crown Prince said".

Israel strongly condemned the "painful terror attack in Egypt" and sent "the condolences of the Israeli people to [Egyptian] President [Abdel-Fattah] Sisi and to the Egyptian people", in a statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office.

Militants attacked a crowded mosque during Friday prayers in the Sinai Peninsula, killing at least 200 people in the deadliest ever attack on Egyptian civilians by Islamic extremists.

Worshippers were finishing Friday prayers at the mosque when a bomb exploded, witnesses said.

The president said that Egypt will stand strong in the face of terrorism, and will continue its war against it.

In July this year, at least 23 soldiers were killed when suicide vehicle bombs hit two military checkpoints in the Sinai, in an attack claimed by Islamic State.

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Numerous attacks, some of which were carried out by the local branch of the Islamic State terrorist organization, are aimed at police and security forces in the Sinai Peninsula.

He said the terrorists killed innocent people, did not distinguish between children, youth or elders, and the attack was a war crime.

The extremists launched an attack on the al-Rawdah mosque in the town of Bir al-Abd, some 25 miles from the North Sinai provincial capital of el-Arish, Egypt's state news agency MENA reported. Around 40 gunmen set up positions outside the mosque with jeeps and opened fire from different directions as people tried to escape. Sufis are considered by Islamic fundamentalists to be apostates and are frequently the target of Islamic militants.

The Sinai branch is one of Islamic State's surviving branches following the collapse of its self-declared caliphate in Syria and Iraq after military defeats by USA -backed forces.

Security has always been one of the key sources of public support for the former general, who is expected to run for re-election early next year for another four-year term.

"There is no difference between terrorism harming Egypt and terrorism harming other countries".

Egyptians gather around bodies following a gun and bombing attack at the Rawda mosque in North Sinai, Egypt, on November 24, 2017.

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