Palestinian terrorists originating from Gaza, armed with heavy weapons, guns and explosives launched four attacks in quick succession in southern Israel near the border with Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on Thursday (August 18, 2011), killing seven people and wounding 31 more.
The terrorists targeted a civilian bus, a military patrol and two private cars.
The first attack, at around 12 P.M., was a drive-by shooting targeting Egged bus 392 traveling from Be'er Sheva to Eilat, near the Netafim junction.
Shortly afterward, IDF forces rushed to the scene and were faced with several explosive devices that were detonated alongside an IDF vehicle.
At approximately 12:35, a mortar was fired from Egypt to Israel. No casualties were reported.
At 1:10 P.M., a terrorist cell fired an anti-tank missile at a private vehicle, wounding seven.
Minutes later, another cell fired an anti-tank missile at a private vehicle, killing six.
In Reuters accounts of the incidents, there is:
- No mention that the perpetrators are Palestinians.
- No mention that the perpetrators are terrorist (other than when quoting Israeli officials). Reuter calls them 'gunmen'.
- No mention that the targeted bus was a civilian one.
- No mention that the other targeted vehicles were private civilian passenger cars.
"(Reuters) – Several people were killed when gunmen carried out a series of attacks against vehicles in southern Israel on Thursday"
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