2 Israeli soldiers injured in shootout with smugglers on Egypt-Israel border
Israeli soldiers carry a comrade who was wounded in an attack on the border with Egypt to a hospital in Beersheba - AP

CAIRO: The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) reported Wednesday that Caracal Battalion Forces Commander Capt. Or Ben-Yehuda and another soldier were injured in an armed clash on the Egyptian-Israeli border on the Sinai Peninsula in which three alleged drug smugglers were also killed.

The IDF reported an exchange of fire erupted between Israeli forces trying to stop the drug smugglers who were passing in three cars, and the smugglers started shooting.

The Israeli forces were attacked with an anti-tank missile in Mount Kharif from the Egyptian side of the border, according to a Youm7 military source. The source added that the smugglers were trying to cross the border into Israel and opened fire on Egyptian border guards before encountering an Israeli patrol near the Awja border crossing in Sinai.

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