Sinai based Jihad militants attacked an Egyptian outpost and tried to cross Israel's border last night with armed vehicles. Israel responded with ground assault and air attack. IDF spokesman says, no Israelis injured; no terrorists infiltrated the border.
Israeli radio, Galgalaz, Haaretz and Ynet news report that Jihad militants based in the Sinai attacked an Egyptian outpost killing between 10 and 15 Egyptian policemen at the security checkpoint in Rafah. The militants stole vehicles laden with weapons and tried to breach the Israeli-Egyptian border crossing at the Kerem Shalom terminal.
IAF aircraft managed to hit the armored vehicle and thwart the terrorists' attempt to cross into Israel. No Israelis were hurt in the incident, the IDF said.
This morning on Twitter, Avital Lebovitch, the official Israel Defense Forces Spokesperson to the international press tweeted:
Turns out that one of the two stolen vehicles in yesterday's terror event-was a truck. It was loaded with explosives and activated. The second vehicle was an armored car that carried 4 terrorists inside. All together 5 terrorists tried to infiltrate into #Israel last night:1 was driving the truck and 4 in the armored vehicle.
This morning thousands of #Israelis living near Kerem Shalom,were allowed to return to their daily routine but also to stay near shelters.A picture of the weapons in the vehicle can be seen here. One of the stolen armored vehicles.
Ynet report that
The Sinai's Red Sea resorts, a favourite with Israelis.
Egyptian state TV announced that Egyptian security sources have said that the "Rafah border crossing with Gaza would be closed "indefinitely" after the Sinai attack."
As Ynet report, there have been continual warnings for weeks from the Counter Terrorism Bureau urging Israelis not to enter the Sinai since it is feared that terror groups intend to carry out attacks against Israeli citizens. Despite warnings and terrorist attacks in the past, thousands of Israelis still enter the Sinai from Eilat and refuse to heed the warnings.