Shots fired on Egypt-Israel border

Armed cell seen near the Israel-Egypt border, then confrontation ensued between cell & Egyptian army. No injuries reported.

By Yoav Zitun

 

Gunfire erupted in Egypt Sunday near the Israeli border, most probably as a result of clashes between the Egyptian army and an armed cell spotted in the vicinity of the Israel-Egypt border, in the northern area of Kadesh-Barnea.

Israel-Egypt border – Photo: Yoav Zitun

An IDF outlook identified the cell moving in a car along the Egyptian side of the border. As a result of the clashes, the IDF has bolstered forces in the region. No injuries were reported on the Israeli side.

The IDF has yet to rule out the possibility that the armed cell was trying to attack Israeli targets.

In wake of the turmoil in Sinai, IDF is planning the final stages of project Sandglass to fortify the border. The idea is to form a massive physical obstacle tens of meters high along Israel’s maritime border with Egypt near Eilat.

The area is especially susceptive to attacks as it is mostly coral reef, bordering on one of Eilat’s hotels. Regional battalion commanders fear the area will be used to enter Israel through water.

Currently, the naval border in the area is guarded by Israeli Navy cruisers and Border Patrol officers stationed nearby.

 

View original Ynet publication at: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4404952,00.html

 

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