14:06 IL: There has been a terrorist attack along the Israeli/Egyptian border in the el-Harif area. According to preliminary reports 3 terrorists have been killed.
Terrorists opened fire at the IDF force and apparently used explosive devices against them as well.
IAF helicopter gunships are still operating over the area as there still appears to be gunfire, with at least one terrorist still at large.
Additional details will be provided as confirmed information is released.
14:25 IL: An IDF force operating along the Egyptian border encountered the terrorists trying to cross into Israel near the community of Azuz in the Har Harif area. Preliminary reports state one of the terrorists blew himself up next to the force. A shootout followed and additional forces in the area were sent to back up the soldiers engaging the terrorists.
Elite forces were dispatched simultaneously and they operated in the area to make sure there are no terrorists still at large. This has been confirmed.
IDF Spokesman Brigadier-General Yoav Mordechai reports the soldiers prevented “a major attack inside Israel. The terrorists were carrying bomb belts intended for use in attacks.”
14:51 IL: An IDF soldier has been killed in the attack at the border earlier today. A second soldier was seriously wounded, air lifted to the trauma unit of Soroka Medical Center in Beersheva.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)