Gunmen killed on Egypt-Israel border transferred to avoid attacks

Ahram Online, Saturday 22 Sep 2012

Corpses of slain militants in recent firefight with Isreali border guards have been moved to a different hospital to prevent any possible attacks

Gunmen killed on Egypt-Israel border
Israel soldiers are seen near a roadblock outside the Sagi Mount base near the Israeli-Egypt border September 21, 2012 (Photo: Reuters)

The bodies of the three armed militants killed while allegedly trying to inflitrate the Israeli border from Egypt on Friday have been transferred to an Ismailiya hospital amid tight security measures, according to a medical source from Al-Arish Public Hospital Saturday.

The bodies were taken to Ismaliya in a bid to avert any likely violent attack on the hospital where the bodies are, added the source.

The firefight started when three armed militants attempted to enter Israel from Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, killing one Israeli soldier and injuring another in the process.

The three snuck across the Egyptian border and ambushed Israeli troops, who managed to avert "a very big terror attack," an Israeli military spokeswoman told AFP earlier.

This is not the first cross-border attack. Just last month, in August, a group of militants attacked an Egyptian base near the border town of Rafah, killing 16 soldiers and prompting an Egyptian security clampdown on militants in the Sinai Peninsula.

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