Three Israel soldiers, ‘assailant’ killed on Egypt border

Sunday, Jun 04, 2023

JERUSALEM: Two Israeli soldiers were killed in a rare shooting on the Egyptian border on Saturday, triggering a manhunt in which a third soldier and the “assailant” were killed, the army said.

A fourth soldier, a non-commissioned officer, was lightly wounded and evacuated to hospital, it added. The army had intially declined to confirm media reports of the first two deaths, which happened in early morning, while families were notified.The two soldiers, one man and one woman, were “killed by live fire adjacent to the border,” it said in a statement. The deadly shooting triggered a manhunt in the border area during which the third soldier and the assailant were killed, the army later added.

“A short while ago, an (Israeli) soldier was killed during an exchange of fire with an assailant in Israeli territory,” it said. “Soldiers who were nearby the soldier shot and neutralised the assailant,” a statement said. A spokesman confirmed the attacker had been killed. The army did not immediately release any details of the assailant’s identity or motive.Egypt was the first Arab country to make peace with Israel following the Camp David accords of 1978 and the border is largely peaceful, although drug smugglers have occasionally exchanged fire with Israeli troops.