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IDF troops shot and wounded an Egyptian border policeman overnight Sunday, after the man cocked his weapon at them along the Israeli-Egyptian border.
The incident occurred near Eilat when a routine patrol identified an armed figure moving near the border. When the troops challenged the man he cocked his weapon, prompting the soldiers to open fire, the army said.
The soldiers realized it was an Egyptian policeman only after the shooting, the military said.
In Cairo, an Egyptian security official said the policeman had been hospitalized with a bullet wound in the chest.