Suicide Bomber Blows Himself Up Near Egyptian Soldiers on Israel Border

Israeli security sources estimate bomber was part of terrorist group that carried out the attack Thursday, in which eight Israelis were killed.

A suicide bomber blew himself up Friday morning next to a group of Egyptian soldiers on the Israeli-Egyptian border, security sources told Haaretz. The man is thought to be part of the group that carried out the terror attacks on Thursday.

The sources said some soldiers were injured, yet added it is unclear how many were hurt and to what degree.

On Thursday, three Egyptian soldiers were killed in firefights with the terrorist group, one of them an officer. The Egyptian army said in a statement that "an Israeli helicopter was chasing the terrorists, and three security personnel were caught in the line of fire." Three Egyptian soldiers were injured in the incident and taken to a hospital in El Arish, northern Sinai.

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An Egyptian soldier stands guard on a watch tower on the border between Israel and Egypt, some 30 km (19 miles) north of Eilat. Reuters

IAF aircraft attacked seven sites in the Gaza Strip overnight. An IDF Spokesperson reported that the targets included two terror activity sites and a weapons storage unit in north Gaza, and two smuggling tunnels and a terror activity site in south Gaza.