Egyptian soldiers shot and killed a man they said was a suicide bomber who was on his way to carry out an attack against soldiers at the Kerem Shalom crossing, near the southern end of the Gaza Strip, on Thursday, Palestinian media reported.

The Ma’an news agency quoted an Egyptian army source to the effect that the attacker carried an explosive device and was shot after he attempted to cross the border with Israel south of Rafah.

The source claimed that the Egyptian army had also destroyed a vehicle loaded with Grad missiles in Sheikh Zuweid in the North Sinai district, killing at least two operatives inside.

The Egyptian army said that it had thwarted a total of two missile attacks against Israel since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge on July 8.