IDF thwarts large terror attack. Several terrorists fire on an IDF patrol on the Egyptian border, leading to a deadly firefight
A soldier of the IDF Artillery Corps was killed today (Friday, September 21), and another soldier was moderately injured, as IDF forces prevented a large-scale terror attack on the Israeli-Egyptian border.
The terrorists opened fire on IDF soldiers as the soldiers performed routine activity to secure the construction of the fence along the Israel-Egypt border. The IDF force returned fire, and an additional IDF force patrolling nearby identified the three terrorists and also opened fire, killing all three.
An initial investigation indicated that the terrorists were armed with two explosive belts, one of which exploded during the incident, as well as a machine gun and three RPG launchers. It also revealed that the terrorists did not wear military uniforms but rather attempted to hide in the desert using camouflage.
Pvt. Netanel Yahalomi (20), of Nof Ayalon, was critically wounded in the firefight and subsequently died of his wounds; he was posthumously promoted to the rank of Corporal. Another IDF soldier was moderately injured.
IDF Spokesperson Brig. Gen. Yoav (Poly) Mordechai stated that initial findings show that the IDF force successfully prevented a large-scale attack on Israeli civilians. No terrorists managed to infiltrate into Israel.
The incident took place near the border fence in the Har Harif area. This is an area in which the construction of the fence has not been completed.
GOC Southern Command Maj. Gen. Tal Russo and Commander of the Edom Formation Brig. Gen. Nadav Padan arrived on the scene and carried out an initial investigation with the soldiers. Maj. Gen. Russo praised the forces' determination and performance in the incident. Following the incident, by Chief of the General Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz held a situation assessment examining the consequences of the incident.
The IDF will not tolerate any attempt to attack the citizens of the State of Israel or its security forces, and it will act against any force that tries to use terror against Israel.
This July, terrorists opened fire on a bus carrying soldiers near the Israeli-Egyptian border. There were no injuries, but the bus was damaged. This June, a civilian was killed in a combined shooting and mortar attack while working on the border fence.
Roughly two months ago, while touring the border region, the Chief of Staff said, "Bases of terror are expanding in the Sinai region. We expect the Egyptians to exercise their sovereignty."
"Over ten terror infrastructures in Sinai were revealed and dismantled over the past few months," Head of the Military Intelligence Directorate Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi said roughly a month ago. "Sinai is a secondary priority on the Egyptian agenda, and the channels of the terror infrastructure are currently being monitored."
A terrorist's gun recovered from the scene of the attack