Spillover from Egyptian fight against ISIS: Stray mortar falls in southern Israel
A misfired Egyptian army artillery shell landed Saturday morning near a synagogue in the southern Israel town of Bnei Netzarim, near the border with Egypt. The projectile caused minor damage to cars and a nearby building. No one was hurt.
The IDF said that the projectile was stray fire from the Egyptian army’s counter-terrorism operations against terror groups in northern Sinai.
“A short time ago, a projectile weapon was identified in a town in the south of the regional council. It appears to be the result of an accidental launch from Egypt. Police sappers are on site. There were no injuries,” the Eshkol Regional Council said in a statement.
Yesterday, ISIS terrorists carried out a large attack against Egyptian security forces stationed at a checkpoint in the northern Sinai Peninsula.
ISIS’s Amaq propaganda agency claimed the fighters “wiped out” 15 Egyptian Army soldiers at the checkpoint with “shells and rockets.”
However, independent news website Mada Masr cited a security source and a medical source as saying seven soldiers and one officer were killed, with five others wounded. The sources told Mada Masr that a civilian was also killed, and five others, including a toddler, were wounded.
Hundreds of Muslim terrorists have been eliminated by the Egyptian army, backed by police and other security forces since it launched a wide-scale operation in February 2018 aimed at eradicating terrorists, mostly members of ISIS or related Muslim terror groups in the Sinai peninsula. The operation is still ongoing.