IDF soldier at scene of clashes with terrorist on Egypt border - Hershkovitz - June 18, 2012
An IDF soldier positioned at the scene of clashes with terrorists on Egypt border, June 18, 2012. Photo by Eliyahu Hershkovitz
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An Israeli citizen and two terrorists were killed Monday morning during clashes between Israel Defense Forces soldiers and gunmen who infiltrated the southern border with Egypt.

An initial investigation reveals that three terrorists penetrated the fence along the Gaza-Sinai border on Monday morning, placed an explosive device on Philadelphi strip near Be'er Milka, and waited for Israeli vehicles to pass by.

After several minutes, the device exploded on one of the vehicles, and the gunmen opened fire. They also fired an RPG rocket, which missed its target. As a result of the shooting, one of vehicles rolled down a hill and wounded Saeed Pshafshe, a 35-year-old Israeli Arab from Haifa, who was working on the border at the time. He died of his wounds shortly afterward.

A few hours later, the Israeli military said it carried out an air strike against suspected Palestinian militants in the northern Gaza Strip, which reportedly left two killed. This was the second strike within 12 hours, when, overnight, Israel struck two targets in the south of Gaza, reportedly wounding five Palestinians.

The escalation in the south came as Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood declared that its candidate, Mohammed Morsi, had won the run-off presidential election.

In other news, Sephardic Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar wants to scuttle the state's plan to recognize some Reform and Conservative rabbis and pay them with public funds. He plans to convene the Chief Rabbinate Council in an attempt to recruit Israel's Orthodox rabbis to fight the decision. Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein advised the High Court of Justice about the decision last month, and it was given the status of a high court ruling.

Meanwhile, it was announced that a lawsuit has been filed against Hebrew National, alleging that its hot dogs and other products are not actually kosher.

Over in France, the Council of Arab Ambassadors revoked its decision to award Algerian writer Boualem Sansal a prize for best Arab novel, shortly after Sansal took part in the International Writers Festival in Jerusalem last month.