The Israeli Defense Forces have released more information and a video of the attacks Sunday night which left 16 Egyptian soldiers dead. The terrorists had gone to a border army station and attacked the soldiers there killing the 16 of them. They then stole two armored personnel carriers (APC’s) and headed for the Israeli border through the Gaza Strip. The IDF located the stolen APC’s and the Israeli Air Force eliminated the terrorists (see video below). Israeli officials have hinted they hold Iran accountable for these actions.
Israeli Army Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Benny Ganz had this to say while touring the spot where the terrorists had been eliminated,
“The speed of the cooperation between the various forces enabled us to thwart a terror attack within 15 minutes. “I would like to express my appreciation for the alertness of the forces, specifically the alertness of the intelligence, and the determination of the soldiers operating in the field. I estimate we prevented a large-scale disaster, an extremely complex attack by terrorists operating between Sinai and the Gaza Strip,”
Southern Command Major General Tal Russo added to the Chief of Staff by saying,
“The soldiers operated at every spot through which the [terrorists] vehicle attempted to enter. There were many clashes till the vehicle was destroyed, while it was tracked and surrounded by IAF and Armored Corps forces along with regional infantry soldiers. The vehicle was destroyed from attacks both in the air and on ground. The terrorists who attempted to fire at the soldiers even after the vehicle was destroyed were targeted as well.”
The goal of the terrorists had been to penetrate into Israel and kidnap Israeli civilians and soldiers in addition to killing as many people as they could. The APC’s were packed with more than 500 kilograms of explosives.
Watch the video here of the Israeli Air Force destroying the terrorists.