JERUSALEM (JTA) – Two Israeli soldiers were injured when troops came under fire by Egyptian drug smugglers on the border with Egypt.
The soldiers, one female and one male, were evacuated to the hospital, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said in a statement Wednesday.
The drug smugglers fired on an IDF jeep patrolling the border halfway between Eilat and Gaza. The Israeli soldiers returned fire, wounding three of the smugglers, according to the IDF.
More Israeli troops have been dispatched to the area, Israeli media reported.
Islamic groups are active in the Sinai Peninsula and in the past have launched attacks on Israel from the area.