Israeli soldier killed on Egypt border

Sunday, September 23, 2012 |  Ryan Jones

An Israeli soldier was killed along the border with Egypt on Friday after being attacked by a terrorist cell based in the Sinai Peninsula.

Three terrorist gunmen reportedly attacked several Israeli soldiers who had intercepted African refugees trying to enter southern Israel - a regular occurrence.

The firefight broke out as the soldiers were providing water to the exhausted migrants. Netanel Yahalomi, 20, was killed and another soldier were wounded before a second group of Israeli soldiers arrived and killed the three terrorists.

Shortly after, Israel returned the bodies of the terrorists to Egypt, which called upon tribal leaders in the Sinai to help identify the perpetrators.

Israeli and Egyptian media reported that the two nations were cooperating to investigate the attack.

Terrorist activity in Sinai has been on the rise, and Israel fears it will only get worse with the recent takeover of Egypt's government by the Muslim Brotherhood, a close ally of Hamas. But, Egypt is keen to demonstrate its control over Sinai, and so for now is ostensibly working with Israel to prevent such incidents.

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