Seven killed on Israel´s Egypt and Gaza borders (REUTERS) By Maayan Lubell JERSALEM, ISRAEL 06/18/12 5:37pm EDT)
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(Reuters) - Militants who crossed into Israel from Egypt´s Sinai
Desert fired on Israelis building a barrier on the border on Monday,
killing one worker, before soldiers shot dead two of the attackers,
Israel´s military said.
Israel later launched air strikes killing four Palestinians in the
Gaza Strip, including two militants from the Islamic Jihad group on a
motorcycle. Two other militants were killed while trying to fire a
rocket, Israel said.
The Sinai attack, launched soon after the Muslim Brotherhood declared
victory in Egypt´s presidential election, raised Israeli concerns
about lawlessness in the area since the fall of president Hosni
Mubarak last year.
"We can see a disturbing deterioration in Egypt´s control of the
Sinai´s security," Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said,
commenting on the attack.
"We are waiting for the election results. Whoever wins, we expect him
to take responsibility over all of Egypt´s international commitments,
including the (1979) peace treaty with Israel and security
arrangements in the Sinai, and to put an end to these attacks
swiftly," he told reporters.
Three gunmen crossed into Israel from the Sinai Desert, the Israeli
"A terrorist squad opened fire and possibly also fired an anti-tank
rocket at an area where (Israel) is constructing the border fence,"
spokesman Yoav Mordechai said.
Soldiers who rushed to the scene killed two of the militants but
could not find the third, who may have returned to Egypt, the
A military source said the dead worker was an Arab citizen of Israel.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which
took place about 30 km (18 miles) from the Gaza Strip.
Israel is building a fence along the frontier to curb an influx of
African migrants and boost security, and hopes to complete it by the
end of the year. It will run along most of the 266 km (165 miles)
from Eilat, on the Red Sea, to the Gaza Strip.
In August last year, militants crossed over the Egyptian border and
killed eight Israelis, in the most serious attack in the area since
the Egyptian popular uprising.
On Saturday, at least two rockets were fired deep into southern
Israel, causing no damage or casualties. It was not clear whether
they had been launched from Sinai.
Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip, ruled by the Islamist group
Hamas, have launched rockets at Israel from the coastal territory in
the past. Israel says Palestinian militants have also crossed into
Sinai to launch similar attacks.
Late on Sunday, Israeli aircraft carried out a series of strikes in
the Gaza Strip in response to rocket fire from the enclave. Medical
sources in Gaza said seven people were wounded. (Additional reporting
by Saleh Salem in Gaza; Writing by Allyn Fisher-Ilan and Maayan
Lubell; Editing by Kevin Liffey) (© Thomson Reuters 2012. 06/18/12)
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