According to official sources from both Egypt and Israel, there was a rare exchange of fire near the border between the two nations on Saturday, which resulted in the deaths of four people: three Israeli troops and a member of Egypt’s security services.
According to the Israeli army, an Egyptian assailant shot and killed two Israeli troops “in the early morning… while they secured a military post at the Egyptian border.” This prompted a manhunt, during which another Israeli soldier was murdered.
According to a statement released by the Israeli army, the attacker was an Egyptian policeman who was found “in Israeli territory” and then shot dead by soldiers stationed there.
“An investigation is being conducted in full cooperation with the Egyptian army,” the statement continued.
According to the Israeli army, a fourth service member, a non-commissioned officer, had minor injuries and was sent to a nearby hospital.
A spokesman for the Egyptian army stated that a member of the security forces had engaged in a pursuit of narcotics traffickers. During the course of the pursuit, the security guard broke through the security barrier (boundary), which led to an exchange of gunfire.
Despite the fact that relations between the two countries were never entirely normalized, Egypt was the first Arab nation to make peace with Israel after the Camp David accords were signed in 1978.
Despite the fact that there is a rebellion going on in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula and that there are periodic exchanges of fire between drug smugglers and Israeli troops, their common border is mostly calm.
The Israeli army initially chose not to comment on the reports of the first two fatalities that were published in the media, but they did inform the families.
According to the statement that was released, the two troops, a male and a woman, were “killed by live fire adjacent to the border.”
Later, the army determined that the woman was 19 years old and named her Lia Ben Nun.
There is a barrier that runs along the border between Israel and Egypt, and an Israeli army spokeswoman claimed that Israel is investigating how the barrier was broken through.
A spokesman for the Israeli military stated that hours before the fatal shooting, Israeli soldiers had prevented an effort to smuggle drugs across the border and had seized illicit products with an estimated value of $399,777.
Along the frontier that Israel shares with Egypt, there have been a number of past events.
In 2011, eight Israelis were killed in a triple ambush that took place north of Eilat. The attackers came from the Sinai Peninsula. The pursuing Israeli soldiers were able to eliminate seven of the attackers in addition to five Egyptian police officers.
During a conflict that took place at the border in 2012, an Israeli soldier and three militants who had entered from Sinai were all killed.
According to the Israeli military, in 2014, two Israeli soldiers on patrol were injured by unidentified men who fired an anti-tank weapon from the Sinai Peninsula during an effort to smuggle drugs into Israel. The incident took place during a drug smuggling attempt.
In addition, missiles launched from Sinai struck southern Israel in 2015, however they did not result in any injuries. After the fact, a claim of responsibility was made by the Islamic State group.