Gunmen opened fire on an Israeli bus north of the popular Red Sea resort of Eilat on Thursday, wounding at least five passengers, according to the police and ambulance service, and the military reported at least one other attack on another vehicle in the same area with more casualties, suggesting a coordinated terrorist assault.
The first attack took place around midday in a sparsely populated desert area close to Israel’s border with the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula. The gunmen, who shot at the bus from a car, sped away from the scene and Israeli forces and helicopters were chasing them. The military spokesman said there was initial contact between the Israeli forces and the attackers.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
New tensions on the Israeli-Egyptian border
The New York Times sent the following news alert at 7:05 a.m. EDT: