A short while ago, IDF (Zahal) soldiers patrolling along the Israel-Egypt border identified a number of suspects who had infiltrated into Israel. IDF (Zahal) soldiers called on the suspects to stop, and when they failed to comply, the soldiers acted in accordance with IDF (Zahal) rules of engagement. Simultaneously, shots were fired from Egyptian territory. Three suspects were hit during this exchange of fire.
A guard tower at the Israeli-Egyptian border
Following a short pursuit, IDF (Zahal) soldiers caught the three injured suspects, and found at the point of infiltration a fourth deceased suspect. The injured suspects were evacuated by helicopter to receive medical care in an Israeli hospital.
IDF (Zahal) forces sustained no injuries or damage in this incident.
It should be noted that this February, a powerful explosive device was planted along the Israel-Egypt border during a smuggling attempt. The device was found following a joint IDF (Zahal)-Israel Police activity meant to thwart similar smuggling attempts along the border.
The IDF (Zahal) has increased its activity along Israel’s western border in light of increased infiltration attempts into Israel.
Smuggling and infiltration into Israel from its western border is used by terror organizations to execute terror attacks against Israeli civilians and IDF (Zahal) soldiers. The IDF (Zahal) will continue to operate against anyone that poses a threat to the security of the State of Israel and its residents.