A handout picture released on September 23, 2008 by the US Navy shows destroyers transiting through the Suez Canal. AFP PHOTO/US NAVY/CHAD R. ERDMANN
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An Egyptian navy vessel was targeted Thursday by militants affiliated with ISIS, who said they destroyed it with a rocket while it was anchored off the Sinai peninsula's Mediterranean coast.Gen. Mohammed Samir said the vessel caught fire in an exchange of fire with "terrorists" on the shore and that there were no fatalities among its crew members.However, security officials said an unspecified number of crew members suffered injuries from the fire and that several of them jumped overboard to escape the raging fire.Its claim of responsibility for Thursday's attack on the vessel is the second in as many days for major operations, or attempted ones.The vessel, according to the security officials, routinely patrols Egyptian territorial waters and has frequently been used to transport army and police personnel to mainland Egypt, the officials said.Egypt faces threats from multiple insurgent factions, including the ISIS affiliate in Sinai, which the military says killed at least 17 soldiers in a July 1 assault there.
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