Six people were killed when Egyptian army bombed houses in the Sheikh Zuweid town of North Sinai on Friday as part of an ongoing military offensive in northern Sinai Peninsula, eyewitnesses said.
"The army bombed houses believed to belong to militants on Friday, and adjacent houses were hit in the process, leaving six people dead, including two women," the eyewitnesses told the Anadolu Agency.
A reliable security source said the bombing targeted suspected hideouts of militants who took refuge in houses and farms in the town.
The source confirmed the six fatalities, saying their houses were hit by mistake.
"An army force stepped in to try to save their lives, but their injuries were life-threatening, and they died immediately," added the source.
No official statement has yet been issued by the Egyptian army about the Friday operation.
The Egyptian army has launched an onslaught against militant groups thought to be based in the Sinai Peninsula, which borders Israel and the Gaza Strip.
The military has also been destroying underground tunnels along borders with the Gaza Strip, which has been reeling under a 7-year-Israeli blockade, citing "security reasons".
The Sinai Peninsula has been the center of rising tension since the 2011 January 25 revolution, which toppled Hosni Mubarak after 30 years in power.
Militant groups have stepped up attacks on security and army targets in northern Sinai since the army's July 3 ouster of Mohamed Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected president.
Dozens of people, including police officers and army personnel, were killed in the violence.
An attack on a military intelligence headquarters in Rafah last Wednesday killed six army personnel.
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