Israeli Soldier Killed as Egypt Border Is Breached
One Israeli soldier was killed and another was wounded on Friday morning in a battle with three men who stormed into Israel from the Sinai Peninsula, the second such deadly border attack in less than two months, reviving concern about the ability of Egypt’s new Islamist government to control growing lawlessness in the area.
A soldier ran to open a roadblock. Attackers entered Israel through part of a fence still under construction, an official said.
The Israeli military killed all three of the men, who wore sand-color clothing as camouflage and carried assault weapons as well as an explosive belt, which detonated during a 15-minute gunfight, officials in the Israel Defense Forces said. A military spokeswoman said the group had also placed a cache of weapons in a pit nearby, including another explosive belt, AK-47 assault rifles, a machine gun and three rocket-propelled grenades.