Shots fired from Egypt toward IDF vehicle on Israel border
No casualties reported in the shooting; incident takes place near site of last month's terror attack in which eight Israelis were killed.
Shots were fired from Egypt across the border with Israel on Sunday, near the site of last month's terror attack in which eight Israelis were killed.
According to initial reports, no one was wounded as a result of the shooting, which was apparently intended for an Israel Defense Forces vehicle.
The soldiers did not identify the source of the shooting in Sinai so they did not return fire. The shooter escaped into Egyptian soil and was not located.
Since last month's terror attack, the IDF has heightened its alert level in southern Israel and along the Egyptian border, after several intelligence warnings that militants intend on carrying out terror attacks on the Israel-Egypt border.
On August 19, eight Israelis were killed and 30 more wounded during a well-planned terror attack along the Israeli-Egyptian border.
The attack was planned in the Gaza Strip by the Popular Resistance Committees and perpetrated by terrorists who crossed from Gaza into Sinai via smuggling tunnels.
The coordinated terror attacks included a shooting attack at an Israeli bus, and several anti-tank missiles fired at private vehicles in southern Israel.
Shortly after the attacks, IDF soldiers fired at militants across the border, and several Egyptian soldiers were killed as a result, spurring anger among Egyptians. Israel apologized for hurting the Egyptian soldiers, but the matter did not calm Egyptian protesters, who began holding anti-Israel rallies.
Israel and Egypt heightened security around their respective embassies on Sunday, after Egyptian masses stormed the Israeli embassy in Cairo on Friday and forced Israel to evacuate its ambassador.
After the incident, both sides said they wanted to return to normal diplomatic activities, and Egypt vow to maintain its peace treaty with Israel.