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Riots in Egypt spread to the Sinai Peninsula on Saturday as Palestinian news agency Ma'an reported that 12 Egyptian policemen were killed during clashes with the Beduin residents of Sinai.
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As a result of severe clashes between the security forces and Beduins in Sinai, part of the border fence at Rafah was broken.
Palestinian eyewitnesses reported that Hamas security forces rushed to
the scene to protect the border between Gaza and Egypt over fears that
Gazans would infiltrate into Egypt.
Ma'an reported that armed groups from Rafah attacked buildings in Rafah
belonging to Egyptian security forces and set fire to them. There were
also reports that the armed groups abducted three policemen and killed
one of them named Juma Hamad, 36.
Beduin gunmen also blew up a security forces building in the Egyptian port el-Arish using a large
explosive device, the report continued. As a result, an Egyptian citizen
was killed and 12 others were injured.