Shots fired at bus along Egypt border; no injuries
Bus transporting soldiers along Route 10, which runs along the border with Sinai, sustains damage.
Border between Israel, Egypt along Road 12 Photo: REUTERS
Shots were fired on Sunday at a bus carrying soldiers along the border with
No one was injured but several rounds hit the vehicle.
bus was traveling on Road 10, which runs along the border. The IDF said that the
shots originated in the Sinai Peninsula. Soldiers were quickly brought to the
scene near Mount Sagi and carried out searches to rule out the possibility that
terrorists had infiltrated Israel.
Several hours earlier, terrorists in
Sinai bombed a pipeline built to carry natural gas to Israel and Jordan for the
15th time since the start of the uprising in early 2011 that toppled president
The blast took place early on Sunday morning at al-Tuwail,
east of the Sinai town of El- Arish, at a point before the pipeline splits into
separate branches to Israel and Jordan, security officials said.
in a small truck drove up to the pipeline, dug a hole and placed explosive
charges under the pipeline that they detonated from a distance, a security
official and witnesses said.
Egyptian natural gas stopped flowing to
Israel in April, after a previous bombing of the pipeline. The 20-year gas deal,
signed in the Mubarak era, was unpopular with many Egyptians, with critics
accusing Israel of not paying enough for the fuel.
No group has claimed
responsibility for the attacks on the installation that crosses the increasingly
Israel is, however, concerned with Egypt’s lack
control over Sinai and the growing terrorist presence there.
On June 18,
terrorists crossed into Israel from Sinai and killed an Israeli contractor
working on the border fence. The IDF said that it plans to complete construction
of the border fence by the end of the year.
Reuters contributed to this