Clash on Israel-Egypt border leaves 2 suspects dead (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Yoav Zitun Published: 03.27.12, 19:38)
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IDF soliders, Palestinian infiltrators exchange fire near southern
border; two suspects killed. Motive for incident still unclear
IDF forces patrolling the Israel- Egypt border fence clashed with
Palestinian cells trying to infiltrate the northern part of the
border on Tuesday afternoon.
The ensuing fire exchange left two suspects dead. No injuries were
reported among the Israeli soldiers. It is still unclear whether in
incident was criminal or terrorist in nature.
According to available details, at around 1:30 pm IDF forces deployed
in the sector identified two men driving ATVs at high speed towards
the border from the Sinai area. Two other suspects were
simultaneously spotted approaching the fence.
The soldiers initiated suspect arrest protocol vis-ŗ-vis the four,
and when their warnings were ignored, they fired several warning
At the same time, a cell lying in wait on the Egyptian side of the
border opened fire on the troops. The soldiers returned fire.
During the exchange, one of the ATV riders fled back to the Egyptian
side of the border, crossing it under gunfire by Egyptian border
An hour later, the soldiers reported hearing gunshot echoes emanating
from the same area.
Egyptian reports said that two of the suspects were injured in the
IDF sources said that forces in the sector were on high alert as the
defense establishment has intelligence indicating an imminent threat
of terror in the sector.
The incident took place in an area where the new border fence is
still under construction.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu toured the area Tuesday, saying
that "soon we will complete surrounding Israel with ground-level
obstacles that will improve our ability to defend our borders."
The new fence will stretch 230km. IDF source said that the existing,
upgraded fence, which stretches some 110km, has so far proven very
effective in curbing infiltrations from Sinai to Israel. Roi Kais
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