IDF Soldier Wounded by ISIS-Egypt Crossfire From Sinai

“Come, let us turn back to Hashem: He attacked, and He can heal us; He wounded, and He can bind us up.” Hosea 6:1 (The Israel Bible™)

An IDF soldier was wounded by gunfire emanating from Sinai overnight between Sunday and Monday. The soldier was evacuated to Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva.

The military said they believed the gunfire was the result of spillover from an ongoing civil war in the Sinai Peninsula between Egyptian forces and rebels loyal to ISIS. Errant attacks on Israel from Egypt have become commonplace in recent months, and intentional attacks are not unheard of: Last February, rebel groups claimed responsibility for firing four rockets at the resort city of Eilat, at Israel’s southern tip, and the Egyptian military has said it has disrupted ISIS-linked groups from firing at Israel on other occasions. As far back as 2011, terrorists who had infiltrated Israel from Sinai staged a triple attack north of Eilat, killing eight.

According to the terms of the 1979 Israel-Egypt peace treaty, Egypt agreed to leave the vast peninsula demilitarized. But as tensions have grown in the country since the 2011 ouster of long-time President Hosni Mubarak, Israel has allowed Cairo to station troops in the area to prevent rebel groups from gaining a foothold there.

In addition, in 2013 Israel completed a 400 kilometer fence running along the length of the Egyptian border in order to stanch the flow of illegal immigration to Israel. Prime Minister Netanyahu says the fence has been close to 100 percent effective in prevent cross-border infiltrations.

But neither move has proven entirely effective in preventing radical groups in Sinai from firing on Israeli border patrols or from lobbing rockets into Israel.

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