An IDF soldier has been killed and another has been lightly wounded while thwarting a massive terror attack on the Egyptian border.
A heavily armed terrorist cell from the Sinai Peninsula opened fire on IDF soldiers on the Israeli – Egyptian border on Friday, killing one soldier and injuring a second, before the gunmen were killed in return fire.
Shots were fired at IDF Artillery Corps soldiers from a distance of 100 meters. One soldier sustained a bullet wound to the head and was killed immediately, IDF Spokesman Brig.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai said. The soldier has not yet been named.
The Artillery Corps force instantly returned fire, shooting dead one terrorist.
As the gun-battle raged, reinforcements from the Karkal (Wildcat) battlion – a combat unit made up of male and female soldiers – quickly arrived on the scene, and stormed the gunmen. The battalion, which had been in the area to look out for illegal African migrants, engaged the terrorists and killed the remaining two attackers.
In the heavy exchanges of fire, a suicide bomb belt around one of the terrorists went off. Shrapnel from that blast lightly injured a soldier from the Artillery Corps. He was taken to the Soroka Medical Center in Be’ersheba, where doctors operated on him.
IDF sappers recovered a large number of firearms and explosives from the terrorists ater the incident, including and RPD machine gun, a rocket propelled grenade, Kalashnikov guns, ammunition, grenades, and personal equipment. The terrorists were dressed in civilian clothing.
The attack occurred along a 17 kilometer stretch of the border where the fence has not yet been completed, in the Har Harif area.
“We don’t believe this was a kidnapping attempt. There are no terrorists in Israeli territory,” Mordechai added.
Highway 10 along the Egyptian border was shut down Thursday night – apparently due to intelligence about this attack.
It’d be nice to have Israel have the Sinai back about now… but I guess we trusted Jimmy Carter on that one. Of course history has shown us how even handed Jimmy was… ahem. Not!