Diarytimes Media Network, Shimla Published by : Kumud Sharma, Updated June 4, 2023 by Diary Times
Egyptian Border Conflict : Three Israeli soldiers were killed in a shootout with police on the border between southern Israel and Egypt on Saturday . The spokesman of the Israeli army has confirmed the incident. Army spokesman Lt. Col. Richard Hecht said the fighting began after troops foiled an attempt to smuggle drugs across the border.
An army spokesman said that the first two Israeli soldiers were killed in the hour-long encounter. The army came to know about this when there was no response to its radio communication. According to the spokesperson, the bodies of the soldiers found had bullet wounds. Hecht said the killings appeared to be linked to an attempted drug smuggling effort.
The army said Egyptian police officers were killed in a second exchange of fire, in which a third Israeli soldier was killed. Hecht said the investigation is being conducted with the full cooperation of the Egyptian military. He said the army is looking for other possible attackers. The army spokesman said that after almost a decade, such an encounter has been seen on the Israel-Egypt border. The army said that there is also a woman among the soldiers killed. Lt. Col. Richard Hecht said criminals sometimes smuggle drugs across the border, while Islamic terrorist groups are also active in Egypt’s restive north Sinai.