Smuggler Killed by IDF Fire on Egyptian Border

22 April, 2021   |   2 weeks ago

Jerusalem, 22 April, 2021 (TPS) -- A smuggler was killed by the IDF forces on the Egyptian border on Wednesday night after apparently threatening the troops’ lives.

The IDF stated that a unit that was in an ambush on the Egyptian border during the night identified three suspicious vehicles approaching the border fence from inside Israel.

The troops signaled the vehicles to stop and identified one of the vehicles accelerating towards them, and in response fired at the wheels of the vehicle.

One of the suspects was killed as a result of the shooting.

The incident is being investigated, the IDF stated.

This is the second time in 10 days that a Bedouin drug smuggler has been killed in an encounter with IDF soldiers on the Egyptian border.

Israeli forces periodically clash with smugglers on the border with Egypt, a major smuggling route for drugs, weapons, and women into Israel.

The clashes have increased significantly in recent months, apparently the result of increased efforts by smugglers and an intensefied IDF response to stem the attempts.