IDF forces patrolling the Israel-Egypt border overnight Tuesday detected and defused a powerful explosive device placed on the border fence by an individual who managed to flee the scene.
The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit confirmed that the soldiers, as well as a police force, were on a routine mission meant to thwart smuggling activity near the border.
The IDF added that while the route in question is a known arms and drugs trafficking path, it was the first time it was ever used for terror activity.
The military has increased its surveillance near the border due to intelligence indicating an imminent threat. The new surveillance measures deployed in the area include some of the IDF's most advanced systems, both on the ground and in the air.