Female Israeli soldier wounded in armed clash on Egypt border

An Israeli soldier was slightly injured in an armed clash near the Oja border crossing with Egypt, the Israeli army said early Tuesday.

Female Israeli soldier wounded in armed clash on Egypt border

An Israeli soldier was slightly injured in an armed clash near the Oja border crossing with Egypt, the Israeli army said early Tuesday.

Earlier, an Israeli army spokesman said that the army had shot at militants in the border area near the Nitzana crossing (Awja).

Injuries were reported during the clash, the spokesman said, adding that about 20 suspects - including gunmen - had arrived from Egypt at the border area.

Israeli Channel Seven reported an unusual exchange of gunfire on the border with Egypt.

Later, Israel Army Radio suggested that the suspects were trying to smuggle drugs into Israel.

Palestinian Twitter accounts quoted in Israeli media reported that gunmen were killed and Israeli soldiers were injured in the clashes.

For its part, the Egyptian news channel Cairo reported that a security source said that the Egyptian forces foiled an attempt to smuggle drugs on the Egyptian-Israeli borders.

She added that Egyptian forces arrested six drug traffickers south of the Awja border crossing, known in Israel as the Nitzana crossing.

The shooting took place near the Awja crossing in the same area where an operation by Egyptian policeman Mohamed Salah last June killed three Israeli soldiers.

The Egyptian side then linked the incident to a cross-border pursuit of drug traffickers.


Source: Al-Jazeera + Israeli Press Agencies