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IDF soldier lightly hurt by stray fire in exchange between Egypt army, smugglers

Soldier is taken to hospital for medical treatment after incident between Egyptian troops and drug traffickers

The border fence between Israel and Egypt, January 02, 2012. (Moshe Milner/GPO/FLASH90)
Illustrative: The border fence between Israel and Egypt, January 2, 2012. (Moshe Milner/GPO/FLASH90)

An Israel Defense Forces soldier was lightly injured by shrapnel during an overnight exchange of fire between Egyptian troops and drug smugglers near the border, the army said in a statement.

The soldier was in a vehicle that was in the area during an anti-smuggling operation, and was injured as a result of stray fire, the army said.

The soldier was taken to the hospital for medical treatment.

The Israeli-Egyptian border sees regular criminal activity, despite a reinforced steel fence along the border that Israel completed in December 2013.

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