Three Israeli soldiers were killed in an attack near Egypt’s border after a gunman wearing an Egyptian police uniform opened fire yesterday. It is the first deadly exchange between two countries along the demarcation in more than a decade.

The Israeli military said an Egyptian policeman shot and killed two soldiers while they secured a military post at the Egyptian border. It said the Egyptian officer and a third Israeli

soldier were killed in a confrontation inside Israeli territory hours later.

Meanwhile, the Egyptian military said, an Egyptian border guard crossed the border security barrier and exchanged fire with Israeli forces while he was chasing drug traffickers.

The incident took place near the Nitzana and Al-Awja border crossing between Israel and Egypt.

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