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Rocket kills three in Egypt's Sinai

At least three civilians were killed and 22 people injured, including several children, when a rocket slammed into the restive Sinai Peninsula, Egyptian medical sources said.

CAIRO: At least three civilians were killed late Sunday and 22 people injured, including several children, when a rocket slammed into the restive Sinai Peninsula, Egyptian medical sources said.

Witnesses told AFP the rocket fell outside a shop in the south of El-Arish, capital of north Sinai.

Security forces are struggling to quell an Islamist insurgency that has killed scores of soldiers and policemen in the peninsula bordering Israel and the Palestinian Gaza Strip.

The attacks surged after the military overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last year, and the militants extended their reach to the Egyptian mainland with a series of bombings.

The attacks are mostly claimed by jihadists fighting against the bloody crackdown on Morsi supporters by the army after he was ousted in July 2013.

Since then 1,400 people have been killed in street clashes, and more than 15,000 Islamists and protesters have been jailed.

An Egyptian court on Sunday sentenced 101 Morsi supporters to three years in jail for acts of violence in the Nile Delta city of Damietta, state media reported.

At least 200 people have also been sentenced to death in speedy mass trials, including Mohamed Badie, leader of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood movement.

Morsi himself is currently on trial in three separate cases, with a fourth yet to come to court.

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