Israel-Egypt border
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Soldiers' bus comes under fire near Eilat

Bus traveling close to Israel-Egypt border comes under Sinai terrorist fire. None injured; Security forces are canvassing the area

An Israeli bus traveling on a road near Mount Sagi, close to the Israel-Egypt border, came under terrorist fire Sunday.


No injuries were reported, but the bus, which was carrying IDF soldiers, sustained damaged. Security forces are canvassing the area.


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It is believed that the fire came from across the border, by terrorists hiding among the Sinai dunes.


Military Intelligence Major-General Aviv Kochavi revealed recently that the IDF has been able to thwart over 10 terror attacks by cells based in the Sinai Peninsula.


Mt. Sagi sector (Photo: Yoav Zitun) 


Kochavi said that the IDF currently has multiple would-be terror infrastructures under surveillance. 


Deployment in the sector was increased following the deadly terror attack by an Islamic Jihad terror cell on a bus traveling on Highway 10, in the summer of 2011. Nine Israelis were killed.


Several week ago, following an attack on construction crews building the new Israel-Egypt border fence, IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz said that Israel "Expects the Egyptians to exercise their sovereignty" over Sinai.


Gantz said that the construction of the fence is progressing very as planned: "The operational problem is a different issue, a more significant issue is what goes on in Sinai, where terror bases continue to form. We expect the Egyptians to exercise their sovereignty in Sinai," he said.



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