Military chief Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi says the Israel Defense Forces will “thoroughly” investigate the circumstances surrounding this morning’s deadly shootings on the Egypt border and “draw the necessary lessons.”
“This is a difficult incident, during which three IDF soldiers, from our best sons and daughters, fell in an operational activity to maintain security on the Egyptian border. At the end of an exchange of fire, in which IDF fighters engaged [the suspect], the terrorist was killed,” Halevi says in remarks provided by the IDF.
“The incident takes place at the border where operational activities are carried out every night,” Halevi says following a briefing at the scene of the attack, which left three soldiers dead.
“We are investigating the incident in a thorough and in-depth manner, together with the Egyptian army, and will draw the necessary lessons,” he says.
“The male and female fighters fulfilled their role and prevented further harm to Israeli forces and the home front. I am asking here to strengthen the families for the loss,” Halevi adds.