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Sinai: Terrorists Open Fire at IDF Position

No injuries reported in brief clash between unknown gunmen, IDF forces, as Egyptian military continues to battle Islamists
By Ari Soffer
First Publish: 7/14/2013, 10:09 PM

Israeli soldiers stand guard at Sinai border
Israeli soldiers stand guard at Sinai border
Flash 90

Unidentified gunmen opened fire on an IDF position on the border with the Sinai Desert Sunday evening.

The two masked gunmen reportedly opened fire before escaping into the desert in an all-terrain vehicle, according to Channel 10 News.

No one was injured in the clash, and it was not immediately clear who was behind the attack - Bedouin tribesmen, Palestinian terrorists from Gaza or other Islamist elements who are currently active in the Sinai Peninsula.

Sinai-based terrorists have in the past committed terrorist attacks against Israeli soldiers and civilians, including the firing of rockets at Israeli civilian centres and other shooting attacks. In the bloodiest such attack, eight Israelis were killed by terrorists who infiltrated the Israel-Egypt border and attacked a civilian bus.

This latest attack comes as the Egyptian military continues its campaign to root-out Islamist terrorist groups from the region, which has become increasingly lawless since the fall of veteran Egyptian autocrat Hosni Mubarak in February 2011.

Nearly 40 terrorists have reportedly been killed in that operation, including several Hamas members, according to Egyptian military sources.