IDF says troops hit several suspects in firefight with apparent drug smugglers from Egypt

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

The IDF says some 20 suspects, some of them armed, arrived at the Egyptian border apparently attempting to smuggle drugs into Israel.

Troops engaged in a gun battle with the apparent smugglers, hitting several of them, the IDF says.

The military does not immediately release information on potential casualties to Israeli forces.

Drug smuggling incidents on the Egyptian border are frequent, and at times include shooting by the smugglers at Israeli forces.

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