Egyptian security officials say a major in the border guard was killed in clashes with Palestinian gunmen near the breached border fence between Egypt and Gaza.
Palestinians breached the border fence with Egypt in several places Sunday and hundreds have crossed the frontier prompting clashes with Egyptian border guards.
Security officers said the major was attacked by Palestinian gunmen near the al-Barahmeh neighborhood along the border, where residents reported heavy clashes.
The officials, who spoke Sunday on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media, said the major was shot twice in the stomach.
The breach came minutes after Israeli air strikes along the border.