IDF patrol comes under fire on Egypt border

Israel's border with Egypt's Sinai Peninsula (Photo credit: public domain/Wilson44691/Wikimedia commons)

Israel’s border with Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula (Photo credit: public domain/Wilson44691/Wikimedia commons)

Two soldiers lightly to moderately injured in attack from Sinai; army returns fire; area residents asked to remain indoors

(SOURCE)  Gunmen in the Sinai Peninsula opened fire on an IDF patrol near the Egyptian border on Wednesday afternoon, injuring two soldiers.

The army said that the soldiers were lightly to moderately wounded and were taken to hospital.

Both the IDF and Egyptian army were sending troops to the area.

The Israeli soldiers reportedly returned fire and there were ongoing exchanges in the area.

The incident occurred near Mount Harif in the central Negev Desert, about 112 kilometers from Eilat.

IDF spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner said that the shooting attack took place near the community of Izuz.

The soldiers came under anti-tank- and gunfire, he said, noting that the wounded soldiers were not in critical condition.

Residents of the area were recommended to remain in their homes.

Lerner said the army did not know who was behind the attack but that “jihadi elements” were known to operate in the area.

The Sinai Peninsula is home to numerous Islamist terror groups, including Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, which was responsible for an attack earlier this year on a bus headed for Israel at the Taba border crossing that left four tourists dead.