Cleared for publication: IDF soldiers were able to thwart a terror attack on the Israel-Egypt border on Thursday, just two days after another attack in the area was prevented.Just like in the previous incident, the soldiers found a bag with a large explosive device near the Egypt border.The device was detected during a routine patrol in the area. The soldiers identified suspicious activity near the fence and began pursuing a suspect. They initiated the suspect detention protocol but the man was able flee into the Sinai Peninsula.
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The area was closed off while additional military forces were called in to canvass it for any suspicious activity. They eventually managed to locate the bag and neutralize the device.
The attack was thwarted just three days after route 12 was reopened for traffic for the first time since the devastating terror attack on the Egyptian border last August.
IDF source said that Gaza terror groups were behind the attempted attacks, saying that they were "trying to use the criminal smuggling routes from the Sinai sector."
Defense sources said that the past few months have noted an increase in such attempts, adding that Sinai-based Bedouin smuggling cells were assisting the terror groups.