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Benny Gantz Photo courtesy of IDF Spokesperson's Unit
Benny Gantz Photo courtesy of IDF Spokesperson's Unit

Gantz meets female sniper who killed terrorist

IDF chief visits site of Friday's deadly border attack; says security fence 'won't eliminate threat'

Yoav Zitun
Published: 09.23.12, 13:30 / Israel News

IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz on Sunday visited the site of Friday's terror attack on the Israel-Egypt border, during which Corporal Netanel Yahalomi was killed and another IDF soldier was injured.


The army chief met with soldiers from the Artillery Corps and the Caracal infantry battalion and lauded their swift response to the attack. Three terrorists were killed in the incident.


Gantz spoke with the female sniper who took out one of the terrorists.


הרמטכ"ל והלוחמים בהר חריף (צילום: דובר צה"ל)

Gantz with the soldiers at Mount Harif (Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Unit)


"The Sinai border will continue to pose a challenge for us. We have made a great effort over the past two years to seal the border with Egypt and it will be sealed, but even when that happens, the threat won't be eliminated," the IDF chief said, referring to the construction of the border fence.


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IDF Spokesperson Yoav Mordechai, who accompanied Gantz, wrote on his official Facebook page that "I was particularly touched by the (female) soldier's description of how she continued to storm the terrorists with resolve."


Also on Sunday, the jihadist organization Ansar Beit al-Maqdes claimed responsibility for Friday's terror attack on the Israel-Egypt border.


The extremist group, which operates in the Sinai Peninsula, said the terror attack was carried out in response to the film "Innocence if Muslims," which mocked Islam's prophet, Mohammed.



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