Israel-Egypt border fence 390.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
The IDF intercepted a large bomb that was being moved from Egypt to Israel last
week, the army announced on Monday.
The explosive is the second seized by
security forces in the in the area in recent days.
“A regular patrol
aimed at preventing smuggling efforts... identified the smugglers,” the IDF
Spokesman’s Office said.
The terrorists evaded capture and returned to
Soldiers summoned a bomb disposal unit, which
detonated the device from a distance.
“The Israel-Egypt border has
recently turned into an area that is filled with activities of terrorist
elements from the Gaza Strip and Sinai,” IDF Spokesman Brig.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai
said recently. The army increased its ground patrols to thwart plots aimed at
striking Israeli civilian population centers, he said.
Last week, the IDF
and the Israel Police intercepted a powerful bomb on the Egyptian border, and
said it could have been used to carry out a mass-casualty attack in a southern
The bomb was found on the Israeli end of the Sinai-Gaza
border, near the Philadelphi Corridor, by security forces who were carrying out
antismuggling operations at night.
A man who was spotted carrying a bag
threw down the item and fled back into Egypt, escaping capture.
incidents prove that smuggling routes... are exploited all the time by
terrorist groups in order to carry out attacks on Israeli civilians and IDF
forces,” the army said. “The alertness of soldiers and their successful
acts prevented a terrorist attack.”