Israeli Border Cops Train for Islamic State Infiltration Attempts

An Israeli border guard holds a rifle with a rubber bullet attachment during clashes with Palestinian youths in the West Bank town of al-Ram, north of Jerusalem, on October 9, 2016. A Palestinian opened fire from a car in Jerusalem and again as Israeli police chased him, killing an officer …
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The Times of Israel reports: An elite Border Police unit is training for the threat of terrorists affiliated with Islamic State infiltrating Israel from across the border with the Sinai Peninsula to carry out an attack.

In an Israeli TV report, an officer said the fear was of cells of 15-30 terrorists, armed with anti-tank and a variety of other weapons. He noted the immense danger terror groups in the Sinai pose to Egyptian Army forces.

The desert peninsula has long been fertile ground for terror groups including the Sinai Province fighters, which has pledged allegiance to the Syria- and Iraq-based Sunni Islamic State.

The Israeli security establishment believes it is only a matter of time before Sinai-based terrorists try to infiltrate and launch attacks inside Israel, Israel’s Channel 10 news reported Friday.

The Border Police unit is comprised of counter-terrorism commandos who specialize in critical operations such as the rescue of hostages.

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