Barry Rubin Israeli/Palestinian Conflict


Gee, will the media label the attacks against Egypt as terrorism? If you spot anything let the TT know in the comments. KGS

Breaking News: More Details on Terror Attack From Egypt; Terrorists Attack Egyptian Army

By Barry Rubin
Pajamas Media: A gunfight is going on in the early afternoon of Friday between terrorists, probably from the Gaza-based Popular Resistance Committees, an al-Qaida affiliate, and the Egyptian army. The battle is taking place on the Egyptian side of the border near where terrorists killed 8 Israelis on Thursday.

At least two suicide bombers have targeted Egyptian soldiers in the area. No casualty figures are availalbe. It is estimated that between seven to ten terrorists are involved. On Thursday, Israeli forces believe that they killed seven terrorists, though two of the bodies are on the Egyptian side of the border.

Official Israeli estimates now say 27 Israelis were wounded in the terror attack. The terrorists deployed four improvised explosive devices designed to kill civilians on Israeli territory. Two were captured intact by Israeli forces. So far, they are believed to be similar to those used in previous Palestinian attacks.

Israeli forces attacked Popular Resistance Committee targets in the Gaza Strip. Among the dead was one of the group’s leaders.

This group killed three U.S. government employees almost five years ago to the day. The men were security guards for State Department officials distributing scholarships to Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. The U.S. government at the time demanded that the Palestinian Authority, which then ruled the Gaza Strip, arrest and imprison those responsible. But while the Palestinian Authority promised to do so, no action was every taken and the men remained free. The U.S. government has taken no action regarding this terrorist attack or the PA”s refusal to help.


Israel-Gaza violence intensifies after gun attacks

(Reuters) – Israeli aircraft struck Hamas outposts in Gaza and Palestinians fired rockets into southern Israel on Friday as violence escalated following deadly gun attacks along Israel’s porous border with Egypt.

The first of more than 20 dead were eight Israelis killed on Thursday in assaults on a normally tranquil desert road. Israeli leaders accused Egypt’s new rulers of losing their grip in the Sinai region, stoking tensions between the two neighbors.

At least seven of the attackers were killed in the area as Israeli forces launched a massive manhunt along the frontier, north of the Red Sea resort of Eilat. An Egyptian official said three Egyptian security men had also died.

Israel swiftly accused Gazan militants of orchestrating the audacious strike and the Israeli air force hit various targets in the Palestinian enclave in the following hours, killing the commander of the group blamed for the assault.

Reuters journalists on Friday saw eight bodies in a Gaza morgue. Medical officials said a 13-year-old boy was among the dead and that at least 18 people were wounded in the strikes.

Gaza militants fired at least 10 rockets at southern Israeli cities, one of which was shot down by an interceptor system, the Israeli military said. Two rockets fired at the city of Ashdod caused damage and two injuries at a synagogue and school.

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