Israel-Egypt Border
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Border Guards kill suspect who infiltrated south border

Troops fire at two suspects trying to breach fence; kill one and injure another. IDF says unclear whether two were smugglers or terrorists

Cleared for publication: Border Guard forces fired at two suspects who infiltrated the Israel-Egypt border overnight. One of the suspects was killed and the other was injured.


The incident took place near a part of the border fence that is still under construction. The IDF is investigating.


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According to available details, the two were identified as residents of Gaza Strip. According to military sources, it is still unclear whether the two were smugglers or terrorists.


The two suspects were intercepted by the Border Guard's Mista'arvim unit – the corps' elite counter-terrorism unit.


A cross-border terror attack in June left Said Phashpashe, 36, from Haifa, dead, after terrorists targeted two vehicles used by defense contractor crews building the new border fence.


The attack, which took place on the border's precarious "dune sector," included the use of an RPG rocket, explosives and artillery fire.


The attack heightened tensions on the already volatile border and saw the IDF, in a very unusual move, deploy tanks closer to the fence.



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