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ISRAEL FOILS ASSAULT ON SOUTHERN BORDER AFTER TERRORISTS KILL 16 EGYPTIAN SOLIDERS: REPORT

“A major effort by Gaza-based Palestinian terrorists to infiltrate into Israel was thwarted on the Israel-Egypt-Gaza border on Sunday night,” reports the Times of Israel. “The gunmen killed at least 16 Egyptian soldiers and commandeered two Egyptian armored vehicles before attempting to cross into Israel; they were stopped by the army and the air force, and several terrorists were killed. The death toll was earlier reported as 15. The army and the police continued searching the area overnight, and additional troops were deployed, in case any of the terrorists were still on the loose inside Israel. No Israelis were reported injured in the attack. Israeli residents in the area were told to stay inside their homes late into the night.”

>> UPDATE: Terrorists were more than a kilometer inside Israel, speeding toward kibbutz, when army blew up their armored vehicle

Another article notes: “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Monday visited the site of an attempted terror attack that took place the night before near the Egyptian border, saying that only the Israel security establishment itself can protect the country’s citizens. ‘I think it’s clear that Israel and Egypt have a common interest in keeping the border quiet. Having said that, it becomes clear time after time that when it comes to the safety of Israeli citizens, Israel must and can rely only on itself. No one can fulfill this role except the IDF and different Israel security forces of Israel and we will continue to conduct ourselves like that.'”

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