Terrorists in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula stormed an Egyptian military post near the town of Rafah last night, killing more than 15 Egyptian soldiers and capturing an armored personnel carrier (APC) and a truck filled with explosives.
The two vehicles then headed toward Israel. The truck exploded at the Israel-Egypt border. The APC entered Israeli territory with four terrorists inside. It was then targeted by the Israel Air Force.
The APC on fire after it was targeted by the Israel Air Force
The IDF (Zahal) Spokesperson, Brig. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, stated:
“The IDF (Zahal) is ruling out the possibility a soldier is missing or was abducted.”
Brig. Gen. Mordechai stressed that no Israeli injuries were reported as a result of the attack.
Some of the weapons carried by the terrorists during their infiltration attempt
The IDF (Zahal) Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, held a situation assessment in response to the incident. He then ordered IDF (Zahal) forces to continue searching the area and locate any terrorists who may have infiltrated without being detected.
IDF (Zahal) Chief of Staff Benny Gantz and other senior IDF (Zahal) officers visit the site of the infiltration into Israel.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak congratulated the Israeli forces in southern Israel for preventing a severe attack in the region.
The IDF (Zahal), with the assistance of the Shin Bet, was “focused, alert and determined, and thwarted a terror attack that would have led to numerous injuries,” Barak said. “The attack methods employed by the terrorists raise once again the need for Egyptian operation to instill security and prevent terror in Sinai.”
The burnt APC the morning after the attack