Sinai Bedouins clash with police
Protesters attack ruling party office and burn pictures of Egyptian president.
“I saw about 1,200 protesters throwing stones at the government building and after that damaging the National Democratic Party building,” Khaled Abu Salim told Reuters from El-Arish.
Police arrested four protesters after the clashes, state news agency MENA reported. It did not say if they had been charged with any crimes.
Witnesses said a fight on Saturday between a member of El-Fawakhria and a man from the El-Tarrabeen tribe of central Sinai had triggered the incident.
Hundreds of El-Tarrabeen members, riding in trucks and carrying automatic rifles, later attacked the town and opened fire in a neighbourhood dominated by El-Fawakhria, wounding five of its members.
Many Bedouins in northern and central Sinai, who have a reputation for ignoring state rule, own guns and ammunition illegally. They say owning weapons is a tribal tradition that has become more important because of the security forces’ heavy-handed behaviour.