A suicide bomber detonated a bomb on the Gaza border on Friday and killed a group of Egyptian soldiers. The fatalities also include members of Egyptian security forces.
Israeli security officials estimated that Sinai-based terrorists are behind the attack which is part of an initiative to carry out terror attacks in Israel.
Escalation in south:
On Thursday, the Al Jazeera network reported that two Egyptian soldiers were killed in an Air Force assault near the Taba-Eilat border while searching the area for infiltrators.
According to Egyptian media, the two soldiers killed were members of the central security service. An Egyptian security official told Egypt's official news agency that two more soldiers were hurt in the aerial attack. He said that the Israeli aircraft was following infiltrators and opened fire while the wounded soldiers were in the area.
Egypt has been hunting terrorists
in Sinai recently and raided several terrorist centers which were involved in gas pipeline attacks last week.
Among the victims of Thursday's terror attacks
are Yossef Levy, whose wife Esther was also hurt in the attack and pretended to be dead.
Staff-Sergeant Moshe Naftali, 22, a combat soldier from the Golani Brigade, was killed by terrorist fire during the first attack.
Senior Non-Commissioned Officer Paskal Avrahami, a 49-year old married father of three from Jerusalem, was killed during the final shooting.
Following the attacks, the IAF launched an attack in Gaza and killed the terrorists behind the attacks – members of the Popular Resistance Committees. The IDF struck in Gaza a second time after Grad rockets were fired at south Israel. At least one teenager was killed.