JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says it has thwarted an infiltration attempt from Egypt, killing three militants.
Military spokeswoman Lt. Col. Avital Leibovich says the militants were armed with weapons and were wearing explosive belts and flak jackets.
She said they opened fire on Friday on Israeli troops guarding a team of workers building a border fence between Israel and Egypt's Sinai desert. The Israeli troops returned fire, killing the militants.
The Israel-Egypt border has become increasingly volatile since the fall of longtime Egyptian ruler Hosni Mubarak.