A paramedic and a driver were critically injured on Tuesday when their vehicle was targeted by an IED as it was passing through the Mahager area, south of the North Sinai capital of Arish, a source inside Arish’s ambulance station told Mada Masr.
Ahmed Abdel Salam, the paramedic, had to have both feet surgically amputated due to his injuries, while Mohamed Mubarak, the driver the ambulance, sustained wounds from shrapnel. The vehicle, the source added, was heavily damaged as a result of the attack.
The incident happened a day after military forces guarding a gas station in Arish were attacked by militants, resulting in the injury of a conscript and two civilians.
Over the past few months, ambulances have been targeted repeatedly as they evacuate security forces who have been injured and killed in North Sinai.
In July, a paramedic was killed and a driver was injured as they transported the body of a conscript who was shot by a sniper while stationed at a security checkpoint on the Arish-Qantara International Road, west of Arish. The ambulance was subject to heavy gunfire, which initially resulted in the injury of the passengers. Days later, a paramedic died as a result of wounds sustained in the attack.
Following a period of calm, armed attacks against military and police forces in the vicinity of Arish have increased in the past few days. In addition to Monday’s operation, in which three people were injured, four police personnel were killed and 10 injured in an armed attack on Saturday at the Kilo 17 checkpoint on the Arish-Qantara International Road. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack one day later.
Earlier this month, former parliamentary candidate Sami Kamel al-Kashef was killed by unidentified gunmen in front of his home in the area of Salayma in Arish.