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8 dead, dozens injured in south Israel attacks
Published Thursday 18/08/2011 (updated) 20/08/2011 13:37
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TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- At least eight Israeli citizens have been killed and dozens injured in two shooting attacks on buses near the city of Eilat, officials said Thursday.

Three militants armed with Kalashnikovs opened fire on a bus traveling from Beersheba to Eilat causing multiple injuries, Israel's Channel 10 television reported.

Reports suggest that armed men opened fire from a car following the bus, which was traveling about 30 kilometers north of Eilat near Netafim in Israel's south.

The Israeli army said five soldiers were among a total of nine people injured.

"This morning’s incident, near the southern Israeli city of Netafim, left four soldiers moderately injured and one soldier lightly injured," a statement from the military said.

"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," the statement said.

Later, the military identified one of the soldiers as Moshe Naftali, 22, from Ofra.

"Naftali was killed as a result of a terrorist attack on his force while en-route to assist a civilian bus that was fired upon by terrorists," the army said in a statement.

"Crossfire ensued between the force and the cell of terrorists."

Assailants also attacked a second bus and a car soon after, an Al-Arabiya correspondent reported. Five people were killed, including one in the first bus attack, the correspondent said.

Israeli security officials said at least eight people were killed in all the attacks.

In a third incident, mortars were reportedly fired at Israeli forces near the southern border causing injuries, although initial reports were ambiguous about the origin of the artillery.

The Hebrew-language daily Yedioth Ahronoth, quoting foreign sources, reported that Jordan had delivered a warning based on intelligence that such an attack was likely.

An Egyptian official, meanwhile, denied that the attack originated in the Sinai.

Meanwhile, Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak said that "this terror attack originated from Gaza. We will exhaust all measures against the terrorists," Israel's Ynet news site reported.

Senior Hamas official Salah Bardawil rejected Barak's accusations and warned that Israel was preparing to attack Gaza during Ramadan, adding that resistance would be swift if this occurred.

In an interview with Ma'an radio, Bardawil accused Israel of blaming Hamas and Gaza groups in order to deflect attention from its domestic economic crisis and security failures.

Security forces are still investigating the nature of the incidents and latest reports from Israeli radio suggest three of the attackers have been killed by Israeli forces, with the clashes now over.

A search is currently underway in Eilat to locate other suspects in the attack, as the police presence across Israel intensifies.

Twenty-five people have been taken to Eilat hospital, Arabic media reported, and emergency services were immediately deployed to the scene of the attacks.

The identity of the attackers is unknown.
1 ) Nour / One-State
18/08/2011 13:02
Let the facts emerge, but this is not the way to end Israel apartheid and occupation. The killing of innocent people is plain wrong.

2 ) Salma / Palestine
18/08/2011 13:26
smell of an "Israeli" intelligence operation. same old games.

3 ) Omar / Gaza
18/08/2011 13:32
Good news, bravo Israel and well done.

4 ) Heba / Jenin
18/08/2011 13:34
thought jews do not kill each other !

5 ) Wissam / Palestine
18/08/2011 13:35
The target was a vehicle carrying SOLDIERS. Therefore this is not a terror attack but an internationally-sanctioned resistance operation against an occupying power.

6 ) Goerge / Ramallah
18/08/2011 13:35
for Netanyahu and liberman It's okay to kill some Jews to stay in the government .

7 ) Ahmad / Nablus
18/08/2011 13:41
shame on you Netnyahu, cant you find a better way to silence the protesters against your government ? terror is not the soultion .

8 ) Dima / ISR
18/08/2011 13:43
"Terrorists". Not "militants"

9 ) Palestinian 4 ever / Palestine
18/08/2011 13:54
Zionists do not dare to re-occupy Sinai or gaze . Israel is so much weaker today than ever.

10 ) chil / usa
18/08/2011 13:55
bravo, and this is not a terrorists attack, this was a military operation on military targets. if nato can seek out military targets and kills civilians in the process and get away with it then all is fair. if any civilians died its too bad they should know israel is a closed military zone that u enter at ur own risk. more attacks should happen like this. there's no way that israel should be allowed to occupy palestine without paying a price.

11 ) Ali / Amman
18/08/2011 14:02
We are not against Jews ....... But we will not allow stealing our land. We will not rest until we liberate all our land, all our Palestine

12 ) Amjad ibn Hamas / Gaza
18/08/2011 14:07
hahhaha, Gen.Barak can not do anything, It's the beginning of the end dear zionists.

13 ) ebb / anflow
18/08/2011 14:26
long live al kataeb al aqsa

14 ) Proud Palestinian / Dubai
18/08/2011 16:00
israeli elite commando soldiers fail to return fire. loool

15 ) Mousa / Egypt
18/08/2011 16:01
Israel no longer can act against Sanai . cowards.

16 ) Fadi / Ramallah
18/08/2011 16:08
Mbrook Barak , what would you do? resign, no other choice. hahahahahah

17 ) free palestine / u.s.a
18/08/2011 16:08
I want to know all casualties from each seperate attack, i hope they plan more of these attacks

18 ) Rania / Nablus
18/08/2011 16:10
ITF soldiers, Don't hold your breath : )

19 ) Jana / Palestine
18/08/2011 16:13
to MAAN editor, It's called Umm al-Rashrash and not eilat .

20 ) abu Jihad / Gaza
18/08/2011 16:21
barak you coward , strike gaza again, for us there is nothing to lose.

21 ) Palestinian fighter / Palestine
18/08/2011 16:27
the dead are of the most elite Israeli Special units, WOW . Our Congratulations to the Defense Minister Ehud Barak Lt. Gen. Beni Gantz Beni Gantz. . promise you more to come

22 ) Omar / USA
18/08/2011 16:35
this is the only language that the Zionists understand. The Criminal State of Israel is responsible for the death and displacement of Millions of innocent people. Why is this a shock? Why are Jews who fought the Nazi's heroes and the Palestinians who fight for freedom not?

There can never be peace with these zionists..... NEVER.

23 ) michael handala / earth
18/08/2011 16:46
it came from gaza according to barak? That is a lie, it is conjecture,it is wishful thinking so that they can go back in and start doing the nazi slaughter of civilians again....Just the perfect false flag they were looking for to stop the birth of Palestine, and the coming of the 81 congressmen...Bad timing...for Palestine....

24 ) Malone / Hfx
18/08/2011 17:10
Pathetic cowardly murderers...turn the whole area into a parking lot and be done with these scum once and for all.

25 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
18/08/2011 17:16
Jordan's warning efforts are and always will be greatly, greatly appreciated. All of this will go on forever until we annex the Gaza Strip and West Bank and expel the Palestinians from these lands. We understand the PA will always condemn such atrocities and they have and do work with us on security but when all is said and done Palestinian "unity" among the more than dozen Palestinian factions and their ability to prevent such horrific events will never be fully accomplished.

26 ) matt / usa
18/08/2011 17:37
Amazing how the first 23 posts are from arab people. and you talk about how jews infiltrate websites liek this.

27 ) Fadel / Nablus
18/08/2011 18:05
God bless the brave fedayeen of gaza .

28 ) Sam / Middel east
18/08/2011 18:08
at this moment 6 Palestinian were killed in air strike done by Israel Occupation forces.

29 ) Fadel / Nablus
18/08/2011 18:09
I hope more operations against the rats and pigs are taken by the brave fedayeen of gaza soon a 4 intifada is coming this is just a small preview ;).........

18/08/2011 18:21
#21 "the dead are of the most elite Israeli Special units" only 1 of the dead was armed or even a soldier! on the other hand all 7 killed by IDF were armed! this is not more then a cowardly attack against civilians! #2,4,6,7 this was made by world jihad in order to chance for peace! and to make Israel go into Gaza thous weakening Hamas and making their control of Gaza stronger! Barak blaming Hamas on the other hand, is mainly as an excuse to go to war and silence the protest!

31 ) eporue / europe
18/08/2011 18:34
werent there reports, that some of the attackers were wounded or killed, to ? then ask israel for pictures of them, to have them identified... its totally mad, to bomb now just "someone"...

32 ) eporue / europe
18/08/2011 18:40
BY NOW - i dont believe this. i cant... how can someone from GAZA or from EGYPT shoot over the border ? how can one get even CLOSE to it ? all that IDF, the drones, the egyptians... not a donkey can make it... they can shoot, carry out various attacks, which required quite a few people - there must have been really quite a commotion at several places along the border, in order to prepare that attacks... and then - they can escape !

33 ) eporue / europe
18/08/2011 18:43
and then - nobody is asking, how this could happen... how SUCH a NEGLECT could happen, with 16 BILLION USD... there are 20 fucking miles or km without proper fence, and those are NOT WATCHED very closely ? does one have to swallow really everything or what ... ? cant anyone at least ask please ? im not really published anymore...

34 ) mike / usa
18/08/2011 18:59
don't fool yourselves by trying to justify these terror attacks... they shot at an egged bus... the same sort of bus Israeli ARABS use. the same sort of bus international TOURISTS use. you want to attack a military target? there's hundreds of them around, no? shoot the rockets at the bases, not the cities. attack the bases, not the civilians! then maybe the world will take your "resistance" seriously...

35 ) OMAR / USA
18/08/2011 19:34
Yehuda, Come and get it you coward.

36 ) Robby / USA
18/08/2011 21:17
5 ) Wissam / Palestine - based on your logic Israel can annihilate Gaza, and since there are some fighters there it's justified?

37 ) Robby / USA
18/08/2011 21:18
22 ) Omar / USA - Thought you were leaving the US?

38 ) Maureen / Australia
18/08/2011 23:00
Just what Netanyahu needed - a diversion from Israeli street protests.

39 ) Robert Haymond / Israel/Canada
18/08/2011 23:20
We will avenge ourselves and Gaza will pay for it again multifold. Israelis will no longer put up with these socalled Hamas "heroes" who murder everything in front of them for the "honour" of Islam. Be advised!

40 ) Tom / Canada
19/08/2011 00:57
Palis I smell payback, palestinians need to keep there house in order, your hypocrisy can only take you so far!! Action = Reaction!! Don't act surprised !

41 ) Robby / USA
19/08/2011 06:01
35 ) OMAR / USA "Come and get it you coward." - chest thumping from 6,000 miles away?

42 ) Strange Days / Israel
19/08/2011 06:14
6 dead civilians and two dead soldiers. And how many civilians did they intend to kill, firing on a bus? And Wissam/Fadel and the rest think it was justified? The more and more the Palestinians speak the more I realize they no more deserve a state, than a mad psychopath, drooling and spitting and fouling himself, deserves to walk the streets.

43 ) Julie / USA
19/08/2011 07:08
bibi nothing-yahoo got mad because his buddy obama threatened to abandon him at the UN when the bid for Pal statehood comes since bibi refuses to apologize to turkey. so bibi went on another maniacal tirade, he set this whole thing up as a ploy to attack gaza. hey bibi bobblehead, your tricks are too overt...what's the matter, you losing your power of disguise or something? hahaha

44 ) sylvia / UK
19/08/2011 11:57
Do you believe in pure coincidence? Just a few short weeks before the
Palestinians go to the UN to plead for statehood.
It is a manufactured (by israel) diversion - " just look at what we have to contend with......"

45 ) carine / UK
19/08/2011 12:38
Mr N has won himself a fistfull of prizes!!
Put fear into citizens - no more protests
Justify continuing settlement building
Justify bombing Gaza
No defence cuts now
Retake Sinai
No Palestinian State
All done in one fell swoop!!

Well done Mr N - False flag, anyone??

46 ) asking / a question
19/08/2011 13:57
#19 jana (if this is your name) what is your connection to this? how did you know to connect this to calling Eilat Um-rashrash at 4 at noon? (a common slogan in web pages suspected to have hosted the coordination of this attack according to israeli sources- report was out at about 9 )

19/08/2011 15:10
2 ) Salma / Palestine

You really are nuts!!

You hear things, see things, and now you're so desperate you are smelling them

The fact is that you're hallucinating

19/08/2011 15:23
I am willing to bet that those that are most in favor of the unwarranted attacks, are safe at home, watching TV, without having the slightest intention of going to risk their lives to participate in the attacks

What we have here is a bunch of cheerleaders, not willing to get on the playing field to take their chances with their own miserable lives

49 ) Salma / Palestine
19/08/2011 16:10
BEN JABO , your "Israeli" elite soldiers hid behind a bus driver to save their lives., I wonder why you are spending all this money on a bunch of cowards ?!!!!

50 ) Murad / Amman
19/08/2011 19:31
#49 Salma, good point and good question. money goes down the drain.

20/08/2011 00:42
49 ) Salma
On Vacation - Only 1 had a weapon
Your "fighters" hide behind women, children & elderly, far worse by far
In fact I have pointed out Fahti Hammad's video to you a number of times, have you had the wits to even look at his admission of just how cowardly his "fighters" are?
Only a fool would expose himself to enemy fire without a weapon, try it, you fit the description

BTW- All Chit Chat aside, where are the answers to my questions that you have continued to run away from

52 ) eporue / europe
20/08/2011 11:46
lol benjabo #51... "only 1 had a weapon"... how many weapons had the bus driver ?

20/08/2011 22:08
52 ) eporue / europe

I don't know how many weapons the driver had, I suggest you come on over and ask him yourself
No matter how many the driver had, if any, , the other side's ambush far outgunned them

Your shtick has gotten way past boring, endless questions, without the will to come and do your own investigations
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