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Israel bolsters Egypt border fearing new attacks

Aug. 24, 2011 7:51 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 24, 2011 7:53 P.M.)
TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- Israel's army chief Benny Gantz has ordered increased measures along the border with Egypt due to intelligence about new attacks being planned, reports said.

Armed groups are planning attacks similar to the ones last Thursday in which eight Israelis were killed, according to a report Wednesday in Israel's Haaretz newspaper.

The new defensive measures include putting in place additional means of electronic and visual intelligence gathering as well bolstering navy capabilities in the south, according to the report.

Israel launched a series of airstrikes in the aftermath of Thursday's attack, killing 15 Palestinians and injuring more than 50. Among those killed was Popular Resistance Committees chief Kamal Al-Nayrab.

During this time Palestinians fired more than 100 rockets and mortar shells at Israeli towns and cities in the south, killing one man and injuring more than 20, one critically.
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