Thursday, August 18, 2011

Multiple terrorist attacks on buses, car near Egyptian border (updated)

From YNet/Reuters:

An Israeli bus traveling to the southern city of Eilat has come under fire on noon Thursday.

Police forces, as well as Magen David Adom emergency services teams have been dispatched to the scene.

Security forces have closed off all of the entrances to Eilat and are currently canvassing the area in search of three suspects.

Initial details said that five people have suffered moderate to mild injuries in the attack, which took place about 30km (18 miles) north of Eilat, near the Ein Netafim junction.

Defense establishment sources said that the fire originated from the Egyptian side of the border. Egyptian security forces have been alerted and are reportedly conducting a simultaneous manhunt.

Passengers on the 392 number bus headed from Eilat to Mitzpe Ramon reported seeing three figures wearing smocks open fire towards them. Security officials said the shooters, who managed to escape after the firing, were most likely carrying Kalashnikov guns.
The Muqata is liveblogging.

Apparently there were two separate bus attacks, and a car attack. One bus attacked by an RPG or anti-tank missile, other by Kalashnikovs. Reports of mortars and roadside bombs in the Negev as well. The car had children; five injured in that attack. Reportedly the first attack was carried out by men in Egyptian army uniforms.

Two children, ages 4 and 6, were killed in the car which was attacked by an RPG.

There are reports of seven Israelis killed, and three terrorists killed so far.