20 Egyptian soldiers killed by local extremists who then reportedly tried to infiltrate into Israel. Dozens of rockets fired at Sderot area.
By Gil Ronen
IDF forces exchanged fire with terrorists who fired mortar shells at Israel Sunday evening near Kerem Shalom, on the border with Gaza.
There was reportedly also an infiltration into Israel by an enemy vehicle during the exchanges of fire. The IDF reportedly hit the vehicle from the air and the terrorists in it were killed.
Initial reports from Gaza said that members of an extremist Islamic group attacked two Egyptian army posts in the Egyptian part of Rafiah with anti-tank rockets and gunfire, killing 15 Egyptian officers and soldiers. Al Jazeera later put the number of Egyptian soldiers dead at 20.
They then commandeered an Egyptian military armored personnel carrier and tried to use it to cross into Israeli territory.
The IDF has instructed residents of the region to stay indoors and remain alert. In addition, civilians are asked to stay off of Road 232. Egyptian authorities say forces are combing the area with cooperation of Bedouin chieftains.
In addition to the Kerem Shalom situation, dozens of rockets were fired at the area of Sderot in an intense barrage.
There have been no reports of casualties in Israel. It is not known at this point whether the barrage on the Sderot area is connected to the events near kerem Shalom and Rafiah.
According to the Bawaba al-Ahram website, 11 of 20 Egyptian officers and soldiers who died in the attack were killed when a car bomb went off inside an Egyptian military position.
The website reported that members of an extremist group thought to be associated with Al Qaeda drove up to an Egyptian military position in the Al Masoura area at the entrance to Rafiah. They attacked two Egyptian positions with antitank weapons and gunfire and commandeers an APC.
The Al Youm al Saba’ newspaper reported that the attackers hail from a Salafist group called Al Takfir wal Hijra.
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