“A large disaster was averted,” IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz said on Monday during a tour of the Kerem Shalom Crossing, which was the scene of a cross-border attack from Egypt on Sunday night.
In an ambitious and sophisticated attack, global jihad terrorists infiltrated Israel after breaking into an Egyptian military base and stealing two vehicles, including an armored jeep.
One of the vehicles, a small pickup truck, exploded as it rammed through a section of the fence near the Kerem Shalom crossing, which is shared by Israel, Egypt and the Gaza Strip. A number of terrorists succeeded in exiting the second vehicle before it was destroyed by an air strike. They crossed into Israel and engaged in a firefight with IDF troops. Six terrorists were killed in the gunfight.
During the raid on the Egyptian base, around 15 Egyptian soldiers were killed. IDF sources said the attackers were probably Beduin residents of Sinai who were part of a larger global jihad terror cell based in the peninsula.
“These are terrorists who are connected between the Gaza Strip and the Sinai,” Gantz said during a tour of the border with OC Southern Command Maj.-Gen. Tal Russo. “This was a joint operation of intelligence agencies, the Israel Air Force and the IDF infantry and armored units which worked all together and succeeded in ending the attack within 15 minutes from when it began.”