Two IDF Soldiers Wounded in Attack on the Egyptian Border

Earlier today, two IDF (Zahal) soldiers of the Caracal Battalion were injured by fire directed at them from Egypt. Though this aggression follows two years of relative stability in the region, not long ago violent incidents on the border were not unusual.

Two IDF Soldiers Wounded in Attack on the Egyptian Border

Captain Or Ben-Yehuda, the company commander

8:00 PM: IDF (Zahal) inquiry suggests the cross border attack on patrol was a violent drug smuggling attempt, foiled by Caracal Battalion forces. The perpetrators opened fire from 3 locations including from a car driving along the border. From the attack the Company Commander, Captain Or Ben-Yehuda and another soldier were wounded. IDF (Zahal) responded and killed at least three of the attackers. We are continuing to review the circumstances of the incident.

At around 2:00 PM this afternoon, an anti-tank missile was fired at a vehicle on the Israeli-Egyptian border. Two Israeli soldiers were wounded and evacuated to a hospital by a helicopter. The injuries are medium to mild. The IDF (Zahal) is currently sending forces to the area to determine if there was an infiltration into Israel. The residents of Ezoz were told to stay in their homes.

Two IDF Soldiers Wounded in Attack on the Egyptian Border

As the Sinai Peninsula suffers from political instability over the past few years, it has become home to terrorist organizations and activity. This terrorism poses a threat to the entire region, and has been directed at Israel several times in the past.

September 2012

Three terrorists armed with weapons and explosive belts infiltrated into Israeli territory by smuggling into a group of African refugees. The terrorists opened fire at IDF (Zahal) soldiers and were targeted and neutralized. One IDF (Zahal) soldier was killed and another was severely wounded.

Two IDF Soldiers Wounded in Attack on the Egyptian Border

A gun carried by one of the terrorists on the Israel-Egypt border. September 2012

August 2012

Terrorists in Sinai stormed an Egyptian military post near the town of Rafah. They killed more than 15 Egyptian soldiers and captured an armored personnel carrier (APC) and a truck filled with explosives. They drove the vehicles into Israel, where they were stopped by IDF (Zahal) forces before they could attack Israeli civilians.

Two IDF Soldiers Wounded in Attack on the Egyptian Border

The APC on fire after it was targeted by the Israel Air Force. August 2012

June 2012

An Israeli civilian was killed and two others wounded as terrorists who infiltrated Israel from Egypt detonated a roadside bomb and fired anti-tank rockets at two Israeli vehicles.

 

August 2011

Terrorists from the Gaza Strip targeted Israeli civilians, who were 20km from reaching Eilat, a popular tourist destination for summer vacations. The terrorists carried out a string of terror attacks on passenger buses, civilian vehicles and soldiers near the Israel-Egypt border, killing eight people and injuring 40 others.

Two IDF Soldiers Wounded in Attack on the Egyptian Border

Terror attack on a civilian bus in Highway 12. August 2011

 

The IDF (Zahal) will not let down its guard and will continue to protect the citizens of Israel from every threat.

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