Friday – Terrorists attacked an IDF patrol near Mount Harif on the Israel-Sinai border around noon. Israeli radio reports that following a heavy exchange of fire, three terrorists were killed and two IDF soldiers were injured.
Unconfirmed: One soldier was killed, and 2 seriously injured in the attack
The IDF reports that this was an attempt to infiltrate into Israel, and at least one of the terrorists was wearing an explosives belt or carrying explosives to carry out a a major attack. None of the terrorists managed to infiltrate into Israel.
Arutz Sheva adds:
An initial investigation showed that the terrorists entered into Israel through an area where there is no security fence and that they were heavily armed.
Large IDF forces converged on the location of the firefight, in the Har Harif area, and engaged the terrorists until they were eliminated.
“A very large terror attack was prevented,” said IDF Spokesman Brig. Gen. Yoav Mordechai. “The terrorists apparently intended to infiltrate the territory of the state of Israel. They were found with explosive belts, vests and guns.”
And more details from Ynet:
According to an initial investigation, three terrorists approached the border with Israel near the Carmit outpost, situated south of Mount Sagi, at a point where the border fence remains incomplete. The terrorists were equipped with explosive belts and assault rifles. The three opened fire on Artillery Corps soldiers who were securing civilians building the new border fence. Soldiers from the Caracal Battalion, in which both male and female combat soldiers serve, rushed to the scene and killed the terrorists, but not before a large explosive device the terrorists were carrying detonated.
They terrorists were also carrying a rocket-propelled grenade, the army said.
Both male and female soldiers serve in the Caracal Battalion.
Will that border fence ever be finished, and will it prevent more terrorist infiltrations?