Sgt. Netanel Yahalomi, 20, from Nof Ayalon was killed and a second Israeli soldier was seriously injured in a clash with terrorists from Sinai Friday. The attackers reached the border near Mt. Harif in southern Israel wearing bomb belts and heavily armed with automatic weapons and grenades for a major terrorist attack and opened fire on the troops guarding work on the border fence. In the heavy exchange of fire, all three terrorists were killed. Both Sgt. Yahalomi and his wounded comrade were yeshiva students serving in the Artillery Corps.
The clash occurred on the Israeli side of the Negev border in an area which is still unfenced because of the difficult mountainous terrain. Israeli and Egyptian forces remain on high alert.