An Israeli construction worker, part of a team building the security border fence between Israel and Egypt, was killed this morning by terrorists who have crossed into Israel through the southern border.
Israel radio stations Gal Galatz, Galei Zahal and newsite Haaretz report that exchange of fire is continuing on the southern border.
Haaretz reports that an explosive device was activated close to Be'er Milka, a farming settlement in the Cental Negev region, and three armed men arrived from the direction of Egypt and opened fire. The 36-year-old construction worker, a father of four from Haifa, was caught in the cross-fire on his way to work and later died from injuries.
Israel Defense Force (IDF) soldiers and terrorists are currently exchanging fire on the border, near the Kerem Shalom border crossing.
Gal Galatz quote Brigadier - General Yoav Mordechai as saying:
At this point the IDF forces are searching the area to rule out the presence of terrorists in Israel The radio station further reports on the midday news that two terrorists have been killed and the Egyptian army is cooperating and searching for more.
Because of the security breach, and the number of tourists in and heading to the popular holiday resort, Eilat, route 10 and 12 and other main roads in the area have been closed.