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2 Gaza men killed while 'fighting with ISIS' in Sinai Peninsula

June 2, 2017 3:31 P.M. (Updated: June 2, 2017 5:04 P.M.)
GAZA (Ma’an) -- Two Palestinians from the Gaza Strip were killed on Friday in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula while fighting with the so-called Islamic State.

The group declared that two of their fighters, who they identified as “Abu Umeir al-Maqdisi” and “Abu Osama al-Maqdisi” from the Gaza Strip.

Palestinians security forces confirmed that Ahmad Zaqout, 25, from al-Shati refugee camp west of Gaza city and Fadi al-Hajar, 26, from central Gaza City, were killed while fighting with the group on Friday.

Fighting between Egyptian forces and local Islamic State affiliate the Sinai Province has escalated since Egyptian President Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi took power from Muhammad Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013.

A number of Palestinians from the Gaza Strip have reportedly died while fighting with ISIS in Libya, Syria, and Iraq as well.

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