zaterdag 22 september 2012
Three militants and one Israeli killed in gunfight at Egyptian border
A wounded Israeli is wheeled into the Soroka hospital in Beer Sheva. (Reuters)
Israeli troops killed three militants along the Israel-Egypt border on Friday, and an Israeli soldier also died in the exchange of fire, the army said.
A group of militants entered Israel through a gap in fence construction halfway down the border and opened fire on Israeli soldiers, an Israeli army spokesman said. A nearby patrol returned fire, killing three people, he said.
The identities and nationalities of the militants have not been confirmed, the military spokesman said. An explosive belt was found on one of the casualties, an army statement said.
An Egyptian security source said one of the gunmen died when a bomb he was carrying detonated and the other two were killed in a gunbattle with Israeli forces, adding that the nationalities of the gunmen were not immediately clear.
On Aug. 5 militants attacked and killed 16 Egyptian border guards at a post on Sinai's border with Israel.
In June, Israeli troops shot dead two militants who fired on a border crew, and in July killed another man trying to infiltrate the Sinai border.
Israel has been building a fence along the 260 km-long frontier with Egypt's Sinai desert and it is due to be completed by the end of 2012.