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Egyptian soldier killed in cross-firing with Israeli forces near Rafah border

The Egyptian army said Monday that a soldier was killed in a cross-firing with the Israeli forces at the Rafah border crossing. 

“The Egyptian Armed Forces are conducting an investigation by the competent authorities regarding the shooting incident in the border area in Rafah, which led to the martyrdom of one of the personnel in charge of security,” a military spokesman said in a statement.

The statement, however, did not blame any party for the shooting.

While the Israeli army has confirmed that an exchange of fire had occurred with Egyptian forces, no Israeli soldiers were reportedly hurt in the incident which left one Egyptian killed and others wounded, according to Kan public broadcast.

“A few hours ago, there was a shooting incident on the Egyptian border, the (incident) is under investigation. Dialogue is taking place with the Egyptian side,” the army said in a statement.

Hebrew channel 14 described the shooting incident as “unusual.”

Egyptian military said it is investigating the incident.

Meanwhile, Daily News Egypt, an independent English-language Egyptian newspaper, quoted unnamed sources as saying Egyptian soldiers were “affected” by the Rafah massacre on Sunday, in which Israeli airstrikes killed 45 Palestinians at a camp.   

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