Coordinated Attack Reflects Lack of Control on Egyptian SIde of Border

By Forward Staff

Published August 18, 2011.
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Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Thursday’s terror attacks near Eilat were coordinated and blamed them on a lack of control on the Egyptian side of the border, CNN reported.

Barak said attackers fired shots at a bus, assaulted Israeli soldiers, and fired mortars and an anti-tank missile in a coordinated attack near the southern Israeli town of Eilat, CNN reported.

At least seven Israelis were killed. Four of the dead were found in a private car, sources told the network.

The assault occurred about 12 miles from Eilat, near the Egyptian border.

Israeli soldiers exchanged gunfire with the assailants.

“This is a serious terrorist attack in a number of locations,” Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said.

Barak told CNN the terror attack may be related to the lack of authority on the Egyptian side.

“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.”






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