An AP video:
For Immediate Release
August 18th, 2011
Combined Terrorist Attacks in Southern Israel
Combined terrorist attacks are currently taking place on Israeli territory, near the Israel- Egypt border, approximately 20 kilometers north of the city of Eilat.
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.
IDF Chief of the General Staff, Lieutenant – General Benny Gantz arrived at the Division a short while ago and is currently holding an initial situation assessment.
The IDF calls on the public to avoid the area and allow security and rescue forces to carry out their tasks.
Read about the whole attack at the TT
UPDATE: IDF spokesman tells the TT that the IDF knows for sure that the terrorists infiltrated into Israel from Gaza, and that there are still ongoing operations in the areas of conflict and that seven terrorists have been killed. A transcript of the call will be forwarded in the next few hrs.
UPDATE: II From the IDF-bloggers phone conference concerning the triple terrorist attack in Southern Israel.
Transcript of Briefing by Lt. Col. Avital Leibovich, IDF Spokeswoman
This is a dark day for Israel. We are looking at a multi-layered attack by a terrorist squad that infiltrated from Gaza. I’m going to give you a time line.
The first attack was on a civilian bus heading from Shizafon to Eilat, the most southern city in Israel, approximately 20km north of Eilat. The bus was targeted with heavy fire and we had injuries as a result of fire.
The second incident took place not too far from the first incident. At the second incident, an IED was activated towards a vehicle, and we also had some injuries.
There also was an exchange of fire between IDF forces and the terrorist squad. We have targeted seven of the terrorists.
We are taking about a complex attack against Israelis. It was an Israeli civilian bus. It was a terrorist squad that infiltrated from Gaza. I cannot give you exact casualty figures because we are still gathering details.
Blogger: How do you know that the terrorists came from Gaza?
Avital: Our forces engaged in an exchange of fire with the terrorist squad. We also have intelligence information that doesn’t leave a doubt that they were terrorists from Gaza.
Blogger: What is the status with the border fence where they came across?
Avital: I’m not sure that this specific area. The new border fence between Israel and Egypt has a few kilometers already built.
Blogger: Where the terrorists from Hamas?
Avital: We don’t have currently any information that we can release about the organization that they can from. I can confirm that seven were hit. The exchange of fire is still ongoing. But it is not finished yet. The roads were closed by the [Israel] Police. Because the situation isn’t terminated yet.
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Dekba file says that there are now 7 deaths and 33 injured.