Bedouin tribe Al-Tarabin announced that eight alleged militants were killed in clashes with its members, while two tribesmen were injured.
According to a statement by Al-Tarabin, the militants belonged to “Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis”, currently known as Sinai Province and affiliated to the Islamic State (IS) extremist group.
The clash between the two sides came after a woman was killed and her husband and two of her sons were kidnapped from Rafah on Monday by militants suspected to be from Sinai Province.
Tribe spokesperson Mousa Al-Delh said in a statement that “three 4×4s were observed in the Al-Agraa area in northern Rafah and were targeted. This sparked the gunfight between Al-Tarabin and the extremist group, resulting in the killing of eight extremists and the capturing of three others.”