Two IDF infantry soldiers of the Caracal Battalion were lightly and moderately wounded respectively when terrorists opened fire on the vehicle they were traveling in during a routine patrol, along the border with Egypt.
Initial reports of a shooting attack by Arab terrorists on the Israeli border with Sinai came in just before 2 p.m. on Wednesday.
IDF spokesman Lt. Colonel Peter Lerner said the attack involved the use of anti-tank weapons.
"About 2:00 pm (1100 GMT), we had shots and an anti-tank missile fired at a vehicle that was on the border," he said.
According to the military, "several" terrorists opened fire on the vehicle. The wounded soldiers were evacuated by helicopter for further medical treatment at Soroka Medical Center in Be'er Sheva after receiving first aid at the scene.
The targeted region was in the area of Nitzana in the Negev desert, located right on the Egyptian border.
Israeli security and rescue forces are currently at the scene in large numbers to determine if any terrorists managed to infiltrate the border.
During the incident, the transportation of students from the Ezuz community located in the Ramat Negev Regional Council area was suspended, and the students were sent to a local community center.
The attack took place at almost the precise location of a similar cross-border shooting in September 2012.
In that incident, Cpl. Netanel Yahalomi (20) was killed and another IDF soldier moderately wounded by three terrorists who opened fire on an IDF patrol on the Egyptian border. Terrorists reportedly managed to approach soldiers after disguising themselves as African refugees.
In another unrelated incident along the Egyptian border today, the IDF said four or five IDF soldiers were lightly wounded when the jeep they were traveling in overturned during a traffic accident.