August 18th, 2011
09:09 AM ET

13 dead in string of attacks in southern Israel

[Updated at 9:09 a.m.] The death toll in southern Israeli violence now stands at 13 - six Israelis and seven attackers, authorities said.

[Updated at 7:57 a.m.] Defense Minister Ehud Barak issued a statement regarding the attacks:

"This is a serious terrorist attack in a number of locations. The event reflects the weakening of Egyptian control over Sinai and the expansion of the activity of terrorist forces.  The origin of these acts of terror is in Gaza and we will act against them in our full force and determination."

[Updated at 7:47 a.m.] At least six people were killed and more than two dozen others were injured in southern Israel when attackers fired shots at a bus, assaulted Israeli soldiers, and fired mortars and an anti-tank missile.

The assault occurred about 20 kilometers (12 miles) from the Israeli city of Eilat - close to the Israeli-Egyptian border. Israeli soldiers exchanged gunfire with the assailants, described by the Israel Defense Forces as "terrorists."

An Israeli emergency official said six people died. Four were found in a private car and one was at a nearby scene. A sixth man was found dead as well. At least 26 people were admitted to Yoseftal Hospital in Eilat, including one with serious injuries. Three injured people were transferred to Soroka hospital in Beer Sheva. The IDF said casualties included civilians and soldiers.

The incident began when shots were fired at a vehicle on a bus traveling from Beersheva to Eilat, near the community of Netafim.IDF spokesman Brig. Gen. Yoav Mordechai said that after the bus attack, explosives were used against an IDF force operating in the area. Mortars were fired toward Israeli troops near the Egyptian border, and an anti-tank missile was fired, Mordechai said.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak met to discuss the "grave attacks," the prime minister's office said.

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  1. michaelfury

    August 18, 2011 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
  2. Cult of Personality

    All that really needs to transpire in the middle east is, we need to send a special ops. team, the likes of Navy SEAL Team Six, or even the Israeli Mossad, to assassinate Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Iranian dictator, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Libyan dictator, Moammar Gadhafi, al Qaeda's new leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, Taliban leader, Mullah Mohammed Omar, Hamas leader, Khaled Mashal, Hezbollah leader, Hassan Nasrallah, the Sudanese dictator, Omar Hassan Ahmad Al-Bashir and the Somali dictator, Sharif Ahmed.

    ONLY THEN will we be able to achieve PEACE in the Middle East.

    August 18, 2011 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
    • athiesttoo

      In all fairness you need to include Netinyahu and Ahud Barak on your list. To leave the Israeli's of the list shows how one sided you are and that's the real problem.

      August 18, 2011 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Hassidic

      @athiesttoo – No, Benjamin Netenyahu and Ehud Barak are not the problem. Only Nazi and Palestinian terrorist sympathizers such as yourself need be eradicated from this earth. It truly amazes me, the level of stupidity that originates in the USA from morons such as yourself. Go get an education.

      August 18, 2011 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Canadian Genius

      @ athiesttoo, you just don't get it.

      August 18, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  3. THThite

    "ONLY THEN will we be able to achieve PEACE in the Middle East."

    WE shouldn't be trying to achieve peace out there, it's not our homeland either. We still have no business there. Maybe when they're ready for people to stop dying out there, they'll pull out.

    It's fun to hope, at least.

    August 18, 2011 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jimbo

    Jews are the terrorists, while labeling everybody else.

    August 18, 2011 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Hassidic

      If Jews are the terrorists, that must make you a neo-Nazi fascist, am I correct? You are such an idiot. What level of education did you complete? Kindergarten, maybe?

      August 18, 2011 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Canadian Genius

      The Jews are not targeting civilians. Hamas are.

      How do you define a terrorists? Are the police terrorists for going after criminals?

      August 18, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  5. jj

    jimbo you are an idiot sir just like obomba. is anyone aware that our prez on his second day in office signed a presidential bill that allows palistinian hamas low lifes into our country? he said they are political refugees! 2nd day in office folks!!! thats what i call political suicide. bye bye lard ass!

    August 18, 2011 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
    • O bummer, your wrong

      Fact check .com -Our president Obama sent a memorandum to the State Dept. an equivilent of an executive order that would pay for refugee assistance in Gaza, not for transpotation to the USA. The money is a humanitarian aid fund for emergency refugees funding. Our President Obama allocated 20.3 million in aid.
      This rumor you help propetuate stems from an article in the New Media Journal, a right leaning site that describes itself as focused on threats of aggressive Islamofacsism and the American Fifth colunm. It also compares President Obama to Hitler.
      George W. Bush Allocated 20million in 2002, 26 million in 2003, 40 million in 2004, 20 million in 2005 and 20 million in 2007

      August 18, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  6. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I don't believe that Jews are terrorists. Most are good people. Yes,some are not very good. We should all get along in the name of humanity. So sorry the bus passengers were attacked. Innocent lives always die and this is sad.

    August 18, 2011 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  7. royce

    are these "terrorist" from the gaza strip?

    america is great at planting dictators are you sure we want all of those dictators dead?

    August 18, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Israel Today

      The latest update says that the terrorists came from Egypt, armed with light weapons and missiles.

      August 18, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  8. Kill Em All Let God Sort Em Out

    @Cult: I'm all for targeted assassinations. Why bloody up an entire country when one guy is the problem? The US has banned assassinations of world leaders since President Ford put it into law. I have a feeling it does more to protect our president than it does to bring peace to the world.

    August 18, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  9. Lorena

    Hey this has nothing to do with this subject but I wanted to let you know that facebook is down if you are at your desktop or laptop if you enter the web address it sends you to a different web site maybe its being hacked take a look at it.

    August 18, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  10. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I would never write that 9:29 post under my name.
    Suspect all JIF posts under my old name as you would suspect anything that looks as good as a synthetic spinel triplet.
    If JIF isn't less trolled, it will be necessary to think of him as having MOVED to Italy.

    August 18, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  11. "Kill Em All Let a god Sort Them Out"

    says AIDS. What say you?

    August 18, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Kill Em All Let God Sort Em Out

      Actually my name was sarcastic, but you would know that if you read what I stated. Lol I'm glad you got all emotional. You just made my day. 🙂

      August 18, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  12. "Kill Em All Let a god Sort Them Out"

    It must really suck having the same mindset as a disease.

    August 18, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  13. Canadian Genius

    It amazes me after all these years some people still don't get what is happening there. So I'll spell it out.

    The terrorists target innocent civilians with brutal attacks, then hide among their own civilian population.

    Israel then targets the terrorists with a retaliatory attack. Occasionally civilians on the other side are caught in the crossfire, since the terrorists choose to hide among them.

    The terrorists then claim that Israel is targeting civilians (which they are not), completely ignoring their own attacks against Israeli civilians. Many westerners for some reason are duped by the terrorists.

    Then the cycle repeats.

    August 18, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  14. tom

    I herd jews cut off little boys weeeiners. They cook them up with barbecue sauce and it is called briskette. When they chop off the weeeiner it is called a briss.

    August 18, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  15. Joel Levenstien II

    Im getting ready for jewbilee. Gonna be 13 in october ! YES ! Im gonna be a man !

    August 18, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
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