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Palestinian member of Islamic-State affiliate announced killed in North Sinai

A Palestinian member of the Islamic State affiliate in the Sinai Peninsula has been killed, according to an Islamic State announcement that circulated on Friday.

The announcement did not provide any further details of the events surrounding his death.

This is the seventh death among Province of Sinai militants to be recorded in March, amid an uptick in clashes in eastern North Sinai between the militants and state-allied tribal groups who have also announced the death of nine of their fighters throughout the month. Four deaths among the ranks of Egyptian security forces were announced over the same period.

Mada Masr was unable to independently verify the identity of the militant who was killed and whose nom de guerre was Abu Jamil al-Ghazzawy, according to the Province of Sinai.

However, Palestinian news outlets identified him as Mosaab Jamil Mutawi, the nephew of Yahya Sinwar, the leader of Hamas in Gaza. The brother of Mutawi also confirmed that he had been killed.

The participation of Palestinian fighters in the militant activity of the Province of Sinai has been documented since November 2016. Many of those who joined the Islamic State affiliate at that time were former fighters of the Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, and some were the sons of its leaders, according to sources who previously spoke to Mada Masr.

The Palestinian fighters brought significant military experience to Sinai, training militants to dig trenches and use sniper rifles and anti-aircraft guns, and boosting their propaganda output.

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