Two members of Egyptian security forces were killed on the Israel-Egypt border, in one of two incidents involving gunfire.
The Egyptian soldiers were killed Wednesday night during a shootout with suspected Bedouin drug smugglers.
The incident occurred about 90 minutes before Israel Defense Forces troops identified a group of armed people, believed to be drug smugglers, infiltrating into Israel near Eilat from Egypt. The smugglers did not stop when called on to do so by Israeli troops. The soldiers then fired at the infiltrators' legs. At least one of the infiltrators was hit, according to the IDF. The infiltrators fired back, the IDF reported.
Initial IDF reports indicate that the Egyptian policemen were not killed by IDF fire, but by the smugglers, according to the military.
Defense officials are reportedly concerned that Wednesday's incident could strain relations between Israel and Egypt.
In August, terrorists entered Israel from Sinai, killing 11 Israelis and five Egyptian security forces, and leading to tension between the two countries.