The IDF Spokesman Brigadier-General Yoav Mordechai attributes the successful action to good intelligence information and the quick actions of soldiers. B’chasdei Hashem a major border incursion and terror attack was thwarted along Israel border to Sinai. The terrorists infiltrated an Egyptian military base on Sunday night, the eve of 18 Menachem Av 5772 at 20:00 and killed at least 15 Egyptian policemen in their armed assault. They made off with armored vehicles, weapons and ammunitions and then headed for the Israeli border – where they planned a major attack against Israeli troops.
Mordechai told Israel Radio “we were not taken by surprised…IDF forces were operating throughout the night to prevent additional attacks”.
Tank shells were fired at the IDF troops operating along the border. Baruch Hashem the IAF was able to respond quickly and eliminate the threat by striking the armored vehicle firing over the border. One armored vehicle blew up at the Kerem Shalom Crossing to Israel but a second did manage to cross into Israel. The bodies of the terrorists were found after the IAF targeted the armored vehicles.
Shortly after 07:00 today, 18 Menachem Av, the army lifted the alert status that existed in Gaza border communities throughout the night fearing terrorists may have infiltrated the area. Residents of these communities are now permitted to resume their normal daily schedules.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)