Barak: IDF will hunt down perpetrators of Eilat attack

Defense Minister says terror attacks originated in Gaza, will be met with IDF response; "Attacks show weakening of Egypt's control over Sinai"

By JPOST.COM STAFF
August 18, 2011 13:38
Defense Minister Ehud Barak

Ehud Barak 311. (photo credit: Ariel Tarmoni/Defense Ministry)

 
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The IDF will hunt down the perpetrators of a three-stage terrorist attack along Israel's border with Egypt, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Thursday.

Barak said that Israel will strike back at the terrorist infrastructure in Gaza in response to the attacks.

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Speaking from his office at the Defense Ministry headquarters in Tel Aviv, the defense minister added that the IDF was assessing the security situation along the border with Egypt.

"The attacks demonstrate the weakening of Egypt's control over the Sinai peninsula and the expansion of terrorist activity there," Barak said, adding "These attacks originate in Gaza and we will act against them with full force and resolve."

Commander of the IDF's Edom Division, which is responsible for the border with Egypt, Brig.-Gen. Tamir Yidayi said that he had set up a command post at the scene of the attack to coordinate inter agency efforts to locate the perpetrators.

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