Summary of combined terrorist attacks as of the past hour:
- Combined terrorist attacks on innocent civilians near the Israeli city of Eilat
- At least 40 people were injured
- Fire opened at civilian buses and vehicle
Today’s combined terrorist attacks on Israeli civilian vehicles began several hours ago, when gunfire was opened at an Israeli bus. 14 people were injured as a result and evacuated to nearby hospitals. Simultaneously, fire was opened on an additional bus and two civilian vehicles, injuring several people.
An explosive device was detonated on IDF soldiers that arrived at the scene a short while afterwards, injuring several of them.
Several mortar shells were simultaneously fired from the Gaza Strip at soldiers conducting routine maintenance work on the security fence on the Israel-Egypt border.
The events are ongoing, and are currently being managed by IDF Chief of the General Staff, Lieutenant General Benny Gantz, GOC Southern Command, Major-General Tal Russo and Commander of the Edom (80th) Division, Brigadier-General Tamir Yadi.
GOC Southern Command ordered that Routes 10 and 12 be closed to traffic in order to enable security and rescue forces to perform their jobs. The public is requested to avoid the area.
This is a malicious attack on innocent civilians, who were on their way to the known tourist destination city, Eilat, for their summer vacation. The IDF will pursue those responsible for this attack at all costs and will not allow any further harm to Israeli civilians.