Egypt has demolished more than 3,255 homes and other buildings in the Sinai peninsula in violation of international law, Human Rights Watch says.

Troops began razing homes along the Gaza border in 2013 to create a “buffer zone” and eliminate smuggling tunnels, after a surge in attacks by militants.

But those evicted are given little or no warning, no temporary housing and inadequate compensation, HRW alleges.

The Egyptian government insisted that residents supported the demolitions.

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