The IDF reported that global jihad terrorists in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula
stormed an Egyptian military post near the town of Rafah around 8:15 pm on
Sunday, August 5, 2012, killing more than 15 Egyptian soldiers and capturing an
armored personnel carrier (APC) and a truck filled with explosives.
The two vehicles then headed toward Israel. The truck exploded at the Kerem
Shalom crossing on the Israel-Egypt border. The APC entered Israeli territory
with four terrorists inside. It was then targeted by the Israel Air Force.
The attack came shortly after a mortar barrage from the Gaza Strip pounded
the Kerem Shalom border crossing in Israel and rockets were fired at adjacent
towns. It is believed that the terrorists who tried to infiltrate Israel were
planning a major terror attack. No Israelis were reported injured in the attack.
Israeli residents in the area were told to stay inside their homes late into the
As a result of the attack, the Kerem Shalom crossing will remain closed for the transfer of goods between Israel and Gaza on Monday, August 6.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak congratulated the IDF for thwarting the attack
and called on the new Egyptian government to immediately work to restore control
Armored vehicle after aerial strike (Photo: IDF Spokesperson)
PM Netanyahu: "I would like to praise the IDF and ISA for
foiling a very major terrorist attack. You deployed and acted properly. I would
also like to express regret over the killing of the Egyptian soldiers. I think
that it is clear that Israel and Egypt have a common interest in maintaining a
quiet border. However, as has been made clear on numerous occasions, when it
comes to the security of the citizens of Israel, the State of Israel must and
can rely only on itself. Nobody can fulfill this role other than the IDF and the
security services of the State of Israel and this is how we will continue to
DM Barak: "The incident that could have transpired with all
the explosive material that was brought in the small truck that exploded at the
start, as well as the suicide bomber belts on the six to eight terrorists who
were in the armored vehicle… there is no doubt that if they had entered a town
here or an army bases by surprise, they could have caused very serious damage."
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Earlier, in a joint IDF-ISA operation, IAF aircraft targeted a Global
Jihad-affiliated terrorist squad in the southern Gaza Strip which was planning
another terrorist attack in the immediate future near the Israel-Egypt border.
One of the terrorists, Ahmad Said Ismail, was among those responsible for the June
18, 2012 terror attack adjacent to the Israel-Egypt border, in which an Israeli
civilian was killed.