Terrorists launched a co-ordinated 4-stage attack north of Eilat this afternoon (August 18).
Shortly after 12:00 noon, three terrorists ambushed an Egged bus traveling from Beer Sheva about 20 km (12 miles) north of Eilat, spraying the bus with gunfire and injuring about a dozen of its passengers.
As rescue forces were responding to the first attack, a roadside bomb was detonated alongside an IDF patrol 20 km (12 miles) north of the scene of the first attack. At least two soldiers were killed and several were critically injured in that attack.
At about 12:40, a mortar shell was fired at a private vehicle along the Egyptian border north of the second attack. The shell exploded by the side of the road, and no one was injured.
In the fourth stage of the attack, another terrorist cell ambushed a bus and a private vehicle not far from the scene of the first attack. They sprayed both vehicles with gunfire and launched an anti-tank rocket at the bus. The rocket hit the car instead, murdering all of its occupants.
At the time of this writing, (4:50 pm Israel time), reports from the scene say that 7 people have been murdered and at least 30 have been injured. The wounded have been evacuated to Yoseftal hospital in Eilat and Soroka hospital in Beer Sheva.
Information on the exact number and condition of the victims is still not precise as more updates are being provided to the media and to OneFamily. OneFamily staff are in touch with the security services, rescue personnel and hospital staff, and will be meeting with each of the victims and their families to determine their immediate needs. We will keep you up to date on developments as they become known.