says masked attackers driving all-terrain vehicles with heavy machine guns opened fire on the military outpost before kidnapping the remaining soldiers and fleeing in an armored Egyptian military vehicle.
The Jerusalem Post
reports one of the jeeps exploded as the Jihadists tried to crash through the border barricades. Several gunmen jumped out and engaged in a firefight with Israel Defence Forces (IDF). Mortars rained down on several nearby communities.
The attack began at around 8 PM local time and is believed to be in retaliation to an Israeli airstrike earlier today against a global Jihad terrorist cell. One person was killed, identified by Palestinian officials as a member of the radical Popular Resistance Committees. Israeli Defence officials say they believe the terror cell was in the final stages of launching an attack against Israel along the Egyptian border at Eilat.
The Jerusalem Post reports IDF Brig.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai saying the IDF is still searching the Sinai border area for any additional terrorists that may have got across the border. He says the IDF has ruled out the possibility that a soldier was kidnapped even though it is suspected that was one of the targets for the attack.
Last week, Israel's Counter-Terrorism Bureau urged Israeli tourists in the Sinai to return home immediately because of information that terrorists are planning to abduct Israelis from the Sinai peninsula.
According to the AFP
, since the incident dozens of rockets and mortar shells have exploded near the Kibbutz Kerem Shalom area in Southern Israel, Sunday night, near the Egypt-Israel-Gaza borders. Residents are being told to stay in their homes.