Sep 21, 2012 No Comments ›› Pat Dollard
(JP) Soldiers ambushed while providing water to group of migrants, kill three heavily armed terrorists attempting to infiltrate Israel from Egypt; suicide belt detonates during battle; IDF: They planned a killing spree.
A heavily armed terrorist cell from the Sinai Peninsula opened fire on IDF soldiers on the Israeli – Egyptian border on Friday, killing one soldier and injuring a second, before the gunmen were killed in return fire. The IDF announced the name the 20-year-old victim, Netanel Yahalomi, and promoted him posthumously to the rank of corporal.
The IDF confirmed that the terrorists ambushed the group of IDF soldiers while they were providing water to African migrants who had arrived at the border trying to cross into Israel. Shots were fired at IDF Artillery Corps soldiers from a distance of 100 meters. One soldier sustained a bullet wound to the head and was killed immediately, IDF Spokesman Brig.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai said.
The Artillery Corps force instantly returned fire, shooting dead one terrorist.
As the gun-battle raged, reinforcements from the Karkal (Wildcat) battalion – a combat unit made up of male and female soldiers – quickly arrived on the scene, and stormed the gunmen. The battalion, which had been in the area to look out for illegal African migrants, engaged the terrorists and killed the remaining two attackers.
In the heavy exchanges of fire, a suicide bomb belt around one of the terrorists went off. Shrapnel from that blast lightly injured a soldier from the Artillery Corps. He was taken to the Soroka Medical Center in Be’ersheba, where doctors operated on him.