Egypt denies Israeli army patrol attacked along border

Ahram Online , Wednesday 3 Dec 2014

Egypt's official news agency says firefight did not cross its northeastern border with Israel

The Israeli military has said a patrol of the Israeli army came under attack in a shooting near the border with Egypt, a development that a security source in Egypt has denied.

"Reports coming in that shots were fired at an IDF patrol on the southern border with Sinai," Peter Lerner, Israeli army spokesman for international media, said Wednesday afternoon via Twitter.

He said no injuries were reported.

But Egypt's official news agency, MENA later denied the report, saying a firefight took place between security forces and "smugglers" in the northern part of the border Sinai region, which adjoins the Palestinian Gaza Strip.

It quoted a security source as saying that the incident took place in Egypt territory not over the frontier with Israel.

Late in October, two Israeli soldiers were wounded when unidentified gunmen in the Sinai Peninsula fired an anti-tank missile at an army vehicle near the border, the Israeli army said at the time.

The Egyptian army is battling an lslamist insurrection based in the mountainous peninsula, killing hundreds of extremist fighters since it waged a broad operation to stamp out militancy over a year ago.

Militants in Sinai have occasionally launched cross-border strikes on Israel, but have more recently focused on battling security forces at home.

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