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Egyptian Policeman Kills Three Israeli Soldiers Near Border, Is Shot Dead

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Two soldiers were shot dead at a guard post on the Israel-Egypt in the early morning According to the IDF, forces identified the gunman and shot him dead in an exchange of fire, which also killed a third Israeli soldier

IDF and Egypt coordinate response to shooting

At around 2:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, the IDF thwarted a drug smuggling operation in the same area as the shooting, seizing NIS 1.5 million worth of drugs. The smuggling attempt was carried out with the help of ladders, and the IDF is investigating the possibility that the two incidents were connected.

Shortly after midday on Saturday, the IDF confirmed an exchange of fire between Israeli forces and the terrorist, who was killed in the exchange.

During the operation, a third IDF soldier was shot and killed, and an additional soldier was lightly injured.

The names of the two soldiers have released

The first two identified soldiers who were killed at the Egyptian border on Saturday were identified as Sgt. Lia Ben Nun and St.-Sgt. Ohad Dahan, according to the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit.

The IDF said Ben Nun was 19 years old and from Rishon Lezion. She was promoted to the rank of sergeant after her death.

St.-Sgt. Ohad Dahan, Dahan was 20 and from Ofakim. He was posthumously promoted to staff-sergeant from sergeant. Dahan was the soldier killed in the firefight with the terrorist in the afternoon.

The IDF is continuing to scan the areas close to the border for additional threats due to concerns that the terrorist had not acted alone and had coordinated with people inside of Israel, an IDF spokesperson confirmed during a press briefing.

Defense Minister Yoav Gallant and IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Herzi Halevi, along with other security officials, held a situational assessment early on Saturday afternoon in light of the ongoing developments, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is receiving regular updates.


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