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Israeli, 3 Terrorists Killed in Gunfight Along Egyptian Border

One Israeli killed after terrorists open fire at Defense Ministry employees near the border with Egypt.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 6/18/2012, 8:04 AM

Nitzana
Nitzana
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One Israeli was killed on Monday morning in a gunfight between terrorists and IDF troops near Israel’s border with Egypt.

Reports indicate that a group of terrorists opened fire and set off an explosive at Defense Ministry contract workers who were working along the border fence with Egypt, near Nitzana. One of the workers was wounded and died shortly thereafter of his wounds. Voice of Israel radio said his name is Sa'ed Fachachte.

IDF troops who were called to the scene began exchanging gunfire with the terrorists, killing at least two.

Channel 2 News reported that the IDF has called in reinforcements to the area, fearing that more terrorists may be hiding nearby and planning to carry out another attack. It is believed that the terrorists had tried to infiltrate into Israel.

Surrounding towns have been put on alert and residents were ordered to stay inside their homes. 

On Sunday night, IAF aircraft struck a weapons manufacturing site in southern Gaza and a center of terrorist in central Gaza.

According to a statement by the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit, direct hits were identified at the targets. All Israeli aircraft returned safely to their bases.

The statement said that the attack came in response to high trajectory fire into Israeli territory.

Over the Sabbath, remains of two Grad rockets were found in southern Israel. One may have been fired from Jordan.

On Sunday afternoon, Arab terrorists fired three mortar shells at IDF troops in the Eshkol region. The soldiers were on patrol near the Gaza border fence.

Earlier this month, Sgt. Netanel Moshiashvili, 21, was shot and killed while his patrol unit clashed with a terrorist who infiltrated through the Gaza border.