Developing: Multifocal Terror Attack Hits Southern Israel

More Hyscience Aug 18, 2011, 12:58 pm

This is a developing story, reporting is subject to change as more information becomes available (H/t – Gilbert).

Terrorists have launched several terror attacks against Israeli targets, IDF forces in south. Over a dozen people have been injured. MDA (‘Mada’ – Israel’s national emergency medical, disaster, ambulance and blood bank service).has declared the attack a mass casualty event; roads to Eilat and Ovda Airfield have been closed:

In the first incident, Egged bus number 392, traveling from Beersheba to the southern resort city of Eilat was ambushed by a three-man terror cell. Over a dozen people were wounded in the attack, which took place on Highway 12, about 30km north of Eilat, near the Ein Netafim junction.

second incident was reported, involving multiple roadside bombs and rocket fire at IDF forces patrolling the Israel Egypt border fence.

A third incident was reported at around 1pm, involving yet another shooting on a bus and a private vehicle traveling south. Five people reportedly suffered mortal wounds in the attack. “Rocket fire” has also been reported as “mortar” fire (h/t – Gilbert) from the Egyptian side of the border. It has also been reported that the first bus was carrying soldiers on their way home from border duty.

A third attack killed five more people on another bus. Israeli and Egyptian forces are searching for the perpetrators.

Israel Matzav is liveblogging the attack, has posted the following map, and appears to have much more information than t

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  • Description: This is a developing story, reporting is subject to change as more information becomes available (H/t – Gilbert). Terrorists have launched several terror attacks against Israeli targets, IDF forces in south. Over a dozen people have been injured. MDA (‘Mada’ – Israel’s national emergency medical, disaster, ambulance and blood bank service).has declared the attack a mass casualty event; roads to Eilat and Ovda Airfield have been closed: In the first