Terrorists launched a multifocal terror attack on Israel's south on Thursday, injuring over a dozen people.
In the first incident, Egged bus number 392, traveling from Beersheba to
the southern resort city of Eilat was ambushed. Eleven people were
wounded in the attack, which took place on Highway 12, about 30km north
of Eilat, near the Ein Netafim junction.
Security forces, as well as Magen David Adom emergency services' teams,
were immediately dispatched to the scene. The injured were triaged on
site and rushed to the Yoseftal Medical Center in Eilat.
Soon after that a second incident was reported involving yet another
shooting on a bus and a private vehicle traveling south. Five people
reportedly suffered mortal wounds in the attack.
A third incident was reported at around 1pm, involving multiple roadside
bombs used and rocket fire at IDF forces patrolling the Israel Egypt
A fourth incident ensued, in which security forces engaged terrorists in combat.
According to the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit, soldiers were among the wounded in these incidents.
of the roads leading to Eilat have been closed. Security forces are
currently canvassing the area in search of suspects. IDF aircrafts are
assisting in the search, as well as extensive Counter-Terror Unit
...Defense establishment sources said that the fire originated from
the Egyptian side of the border. Egyptian security forces have been
alerted and are reportedly conducting a simultaneous manhunt.
soldiers were among the five casualties this morning, August 18, 2011,
as terrorists opened fire on an Israeli civilian bus traveling 20km from
Eilat, a southern Israeli city. Terrorists fled the scene and are being
pursued by IDF forces.
This morning’s incident, near the southern Israeli city of Netafim, left
four soldiers moderately injured and one soldier lightly injured.
Magen David Adom says that at least 6 people are dead.
Witnesses are now saying that those that fired on the buses were dressed in Egyptian Army uniforms! Egypt is denying that they were involved.
The IDF has killed three terrorists, may still be in firefight with others. So far over 24 people have been taken to hospitals.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is currently being given a brief of the situation as it happens.
terrorist attacks are currently taking place on Israeli territory, near
the Israel- Egypt border, approximately 20 kilometers north of the city
Nine people were injured when terrorist opened fire at an Israeli bus
approximately two hours ago. The injured were evacuated to receive
medical care at a nearby hospital. Several people were injured as a result of an explosive device,
detonated on an IDF force that arrived at the scene and drove over it.
Crossfire between IDF forces, led by the Commander of the 80th Division,
Brigadier General Tamir Yadi and the cell of terrorists is currently
underway. Additional IDF and rescue forces are arriving at the scene.
Hamas has issued a report on the attacks in which they call Eilat "occupied Om Ar-rashrash."
Barry Rubin writes:
This isn’t just another
terrorist attack—it’s a major escalation, a new phase in the
Arab-Israeli conflict, and it is the bitter fruit of the U.S.-backed
downfall of the government of President Husni Mubarak in Egypt.
Less than 10% of the
security fence between Israel and Egypt has been built despite the fact
that the budget was approved over 18 months ago.
Segments near Netafim and Carmit are still open, left completely
unsecure and without the promised security fence. So far the IDF has
been trying to manage the situation by monitoring the area with cameras
and radar scans.
Israel's Channel 2 is reporting that 20 terrorists took part in the attack, which was organized by the Popular Resistance Committees from Gaza.
A six-year-old and a four-year-old are among the 6 killed in the terrorist attacks.
The IDF now reports that 7 terrorists have been killed.
Reports are coming in that Arabs near Jerusalem are celebrating the attacks.
Israeli officials are now confirming that there are terrorists still at large and that they originated from Gaza.
Hamas terrorists are reportedly going
under-ground in Gaza, anticipating a heavy Israeli response. The Rafah
crossing has been closed and UN officials have been removed from Gaza.
Here is an unbelievable story about how the bus driver of one of the buses that was attacked helped prevent an even greater catastrophe.
The United States has issued a condemnation.
United States condemns today’s attacks in southern Israel and all acts
of terrorism in the strongest terms. These brutal and cowardly attacks
appear to be premeditated acts of terrorism against innocent civilians.
Our deepest condolences go out to the victims, their families and loved
This violence only underscores our strong concerns about the security
situation in the Sinai Peninsula. Recent commitments by the Egyptian
Government to address the security situation in the Sinai are important
and we urge the Egyptian Government to find a lasting resolution.
The United States and Israel are united in the fight against terror. We
hope that those involved in the planning of these gruesome attacks will
be brought to swift justice. We stand by Israel as our friend, partner,
and ally -- now and always.
After Israel took out the leader of the Palestine Resistance Committee, the group has threatened to attack Israel again. Hamas has condemned Israel's airstrikes near Rafah. Egypt has decided to close the Rafah crossing.
The IDF has released the name of the soldier who was killed.
First Sergeant Moshe
Naftali, 22 years old from Ofra was killed during a combined terrorist
attack in southern Israel today, Thursday August 18th 2011 around noon.
The EU's Catherine Ashton has issued her statement on today's events.
Hamas has threatened to strike Israel.
Israel is now reporting that the terrorists sought to capture Israelis during today's attack.
Here is the official statement from Netanyahu's office.
Firstly, I would like to express my condolences to the
families of the civilians murdered, and to those of the soldiers who
fell while responding to today's terrorist attacks.
I share their pain. I know that their lives will never be the same. I
also want to express my hopes for a speedy recovery to those injured in
these attacks and are currently undergoing treatment in hospital.
We all witnessed today an attempt to escalate the terrorist war against
Israel by launching of attacks from the Sinai. If there is someone who
thinks that the State of Israel will let this pass, he is mistaken.
I have set out a principle - when the citizens of Israel are attacked,
we respond immediately and with strength. That principle was
implemented today. Those who gave the order to murder our citizens,
while hiding in Gaza, are no longer among the living.
I commend the IDF and the security services who eliminated today in Gaza
the senior figures of the organization which carried out the terror
attacks in the south. I commend the soldiers, police, and members of the
security services who acted swiftly, determinately and bravely against
the terrorists, and who thereby prevented an even greater tragedy.
If the terrorist organizations believe that they can attack our citizens
and get away with it, they will soon learn how wrong they are. We will
exact a price, a very heavy price.
Iron Dome has intercepted two more rockets, making three in total today. It did not intercept 1 rocket, however, that landed in an open field.
The IDF said that they had intel that terrorist group was planning an attack, however, they believed they would only act at night.
Italy has called the terrorist attack "barbaric."
Congressman Rothman has called on the Palestinian Authority and Egypt to condemn today's attack.