The Israeli army says its soldiers patrolling the border with Egypt have mistakenly shot and wounded an Egyptian security officer.

A military spokeswoman Monday said Israeli troops on patrol outside the city of Eilat saw what they considered a suspicious, armed person at the border.  She said the troops fired at the man after he cocked his weapon. 

The Israeli army says the soldiers only then realized the man, who was wounded in the chest, was an Egyptian security officer.

A joint Israeli-Egyptian team is investigating the incident.

Shootings between Israeli and Egyptian forces along the border region have been rare since the two countries signed a peace treaty in 1979.  

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.