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Olmert-Mubarak Meeting to Probe Border Incident

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is slated to meet on Sunday with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in the wake of an incident in which two Egyptian policemen were killed by IDF fire.
By Debbie Berman
First Publish: 6/4/2006, 8:44 AM / Last Update: 6/3/2006, 11:14 PM

The two leaders are scheduled to meet on Sunday in Sharm el-Sheikh and are also expected to discuss the current situation in the Palestinian Authority as well as the future direction of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

Initial findings of an investigation into the incident headed by OC southern command Maj-Gen. Yoav Galant revealed that three Egyptian policemen entered at least 100 meters into Israeli territory and opened fire on IDF armored forces stationed at Mount Sagi on the Egyptian border.

The IDF soldiers returned fire, killing two of the men. The third man fled the scene and crossed the border back into Egypt. Egyptian head of border police, Essam el-Sheik, confirmed that the men were policemen and stated that the reason for their presence in Israel was not known.

Defense Minister Amir Peretz called for a joint Israeli-Egyptian investigation of the incident.