© Reuters. A soldier responds near the website of a reported security occurrence near Israel’s southern border with Egypt, Israel June 3, 2023. REUTERS/Amir Cohen
JERUSALEM (Reuters) -Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday called the killing of 3 soldiers by a member of the Egyptian security services a terrorist attack and required a complete joint examination with Cairo.
Egypt states it is dealing with Israel to examine the occurrence which took place on Saturday.
“Israel relayed a clear message to the Egyptian government. We expect that the joint investigation will be exhaustive and thorough,” Netanyahu informed his cabinet in telecasted remarks.
“We will refresh procedures and methods of operations and also the measures to reduce to a minimum the smuggling and to ensure tragic terrorist attacks like this do not happen again.”
More information of the unusual occurrence along the border emerged on Sunday. The frontier is generally tranquil, as the neighbours share close security cooperation, though there are regular reports of drug smuggling, consisting of one that happened prior to the fatal violence.
Israel’s armed force stated that 2 of its soldiers were shot dead early on Saturday by an Egyptian security services member who crossed through the border fence. Their desert post was remote and it took a variety of hours prior to their bodies were found.
“From that moment a terrorist event was declared, leading to sweeps of the area,” Israeli military spokesperson Daniel Hagari stated in an interview with Israel’s YNET news. “A drone was sent up and 1.5 kilometres inside Israel a suspicious person was identified.”
Soldiers then made contact and throughout an exchange of fire the Egyptian guard and a 3rd Israeli soldier were eliminated.
On Saturday, the Egyptian armed force stated the 3 Israelis and Egyptian guard had actually been eliminated in an exchange of fire as the guard chased after smugglers throughout the frontier.
Two Egyptian sources stated on Sunday that a group was analyzing the scene and the guard’s body to identify how occasions taken place. Coworkers and relative of the Egyptian guard have actually been spoken with to find out if he came from any political groups or struggled with mental disorder, they stated.
Egypt in 1979 ended up being the very first Arab nation to sign a peace treaty with Israel and they share a more than 200-km (124-mile) long border.