1. Reprisal

    Israel Kills Militant Leader

    Image #: 15058567    Israeli emergency personnel stand near a bus after it was ambushed about 30 km (18 miles) north of the Red Sea resort of Eilat August 18, 2011. Several people were killed when gunmen fired at Israeli vehicles near the Egyptian frontier on Thursday, Israeli TV said, attacks likely to raise concerns about the ability of Egypt's new leadership to rein in militants along the border. The gunmen first ambushed a civilian bus and wounded at least seven people, the military said, on Israel's Highway 12, a desert road about 30 km (18 miles) north of the Red Sea resort of Eilat. The road passes within metres of the open frontier with Egypt.    REUTERS/Lior Grundman (ISRAEL - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS TRANSPORT IMAGES OF THE DAY)         REUTERS/Lior Grundman /LANDOV

    Lior Grundman, Reuters / Landov

    Israel launched an airstrike in the Gaza Strip, killing the chief of a militant Palestinian group, the Popular Resistance Committees, and five other people. The strike comes after a series of attacks in Israel left seven dead and 25 injured. The attacks began on a highway near the resort town of Eilat, where gunmen fired on a bus and fired a rocket at a car. Several minutes later, explosives were detonated near a military patrol traveling along the border with Egypt. Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said the attack “reflects the weakening of Egypt's hold in the Sinai and the broadening of activities by terror elements." Hamas in Gaza denied responsibility, but said it would fight back if Israel attacked it. 

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