JERUSALEM, August 18, 2011 (WAFA) – At least six Israelis were killed and many more wounded Thursday in three separate attacks at Israeli vehicles near the southern Red Sea port city of Eilat, according to official Israeli sources.
The first attack took place against a passenger bus a few kilometers outside Eilat, when three armed men reportedly came out of a car and opened fire at the bus, causing damage and injury.
The bus sped away, said the Israeli reports, and the attackers then left the scene following a pursuit by Israeli soldiers.
The Israeli army used a helicopter to pursue the attackers, while reports later said all three were killed in an exchange of gunfire with the soldiers.
At the same time, mortar shells were fired from across the Egyptian border at another Israeli bus and some reports said at a car, possibly killing its occupants.
The identity of the attackers was not immediately known nor their origin, even though some reports said the Israeli army received Jordanian warning of possible infiltration into Israel.
The Israeli reports said the attackers could have crossed the border from Egypt into Israel.