Multiple Terror Attacks Rocks South; 6 Killed Multiple Injured

 

IDF soldiers and civilians among casualties; number of bombs go off near IDF patrol along border with Egypt; At least 25 reported hurt as terrorists attack bus, private vehicle.
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Ynet

Latest Update:  08.18.11, 14:31 / Israel News

 

Terrorists launched a multifocal terror attack on Israel's south on Thursday, killing six people and injuring over two dozen.

 

 

Security forces, as well as Magen David Adom emergency services' teams, were immediately dispatched to each of the scenes. The injured were triaged on site and rushed to the Yoseftal Medical Center in Eilat.
 

In the first incident, Egged bus number 392, traveling from Beersheba to the southern resort city of Eilat was ambushed by a three-man terror cell. Over a dozen people were wounded in the attack, which took place on Highway 12, about 30km north of Eilat, near the Ein Netafim junction.  

 

Soon after that a second incident was reported, involving multiple roadside bombs and rocket fire at IDF forces patrolling the Israel Egypt border fence.

 

A third incident was reported at around 1pm, involving yet another shooting on a bus and a private vehicle traveling south. Five people reportedly suffered mortal wounds in the attack.

 

 

Manhunt in progress (Photo: Channel 10)
Manhunt in progress (Photo: Channel 10)

 

Heavy security forces presence is noted in the area, as a massive manhunt involving IDF ground forces and aircrafts is currently taking place. IDF forces reported three terrorists have been killed. It is unclear at this time if they were the only ones involved.

 

The Eilat Police have ordered emergency deployment in the area, and a situation room has been set up at the Yoseftal Hospital, which has declared a mass casualty event.

 

According to the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit, soldiers were among the wounded in these incidents. IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen Benny Gantz and Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino are en route to GOC Southern Command, where they will confer with Southern Command Chief Major-General Tal Russo.

 

All of the roads leading to Eilat have been closed, as was the Ovda Airfield. Eilat's airport has been placed on alert.

 

The bus (Photo: Channel 10)
The bus (Photo: Channel 10)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak held a security assessment following the attack. The Prime Minister's Office said Netanyahu was being apprised of the situation as it progressed.

"This was a grave terror attack at multiple scenes. It reflects Egypt's failing hold on Sinai and the rise of terror elements," Barak said. "This terror attack originated from Gaza. We will exhaust all measures against the terrorists."

 

An Egyptian security official denied Thursday that Egypt had any involvement in the attacks. The official told Egyptian media that the armed terrorists operated from within Israel's borders.

 

 

 

"Egypt was in no way involved in the incident, since it is difficult to penetrate the Egypt-Israel border. Moreover, it is impossible to open fire from the Egyptian side to Israel because of the distance," he said.

 

Ynet learned Thursday that shortly before Thursday's attacks, Jordan had passed a message to Israel suggesting their intelligence indicated that a terror cell was plotting such an attack.

 

 

The warning was in tow with defense establishment indications of a clear and present threats of terror in the southern sector. 

 

CTVP’s emergency response teams are at the hospitals, meeting with the victims and their families, bringing them comfort and hope and serving as a lifeline of support as they struggle to cope with this violent act of terror.

CTVP’s support and assistance will continue for as long as it is needed — whether it is for days, for weeks, for months, or for years as those affected struggle to reclaim their lives.

May Hashem bless the wounded and may we only share good news.

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