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Yesterday, terrorists in Israel fired on two buses in separate attacks near Eilat.  There were at least 8 casualties and 30 wounded, with 3 gunmen killed by the Israel Defense Forces.  A civilian car was also targeted by an anti-tank missile and a roadside bomb harmed an IDF patrol unit.

This attack comes on the heels of preparations for former Fox News host Glenn Beck's "Restoring Courage" event.

Military spokeswoman Lieutenant-Colonel Avital Leibovich wanted to make the severity of the situation clear, saying "we are talking about a terror squad that infiltrated into Israel."  General Yoav Mordechai agreed and said the attack was clearly well-planned.

Senior Israeli officials quickly convened an emergency session at their Defense Ministry.  They believe the attack was executed by the Popular Resistance Committees, a coalition of Palestinian factions.

In response, Israel launched an air attack in the Gaza strip, killing the head of the PRC and other senior operatives, despite the group claiming that they had no involvement.  Some have threatened retaliation for the death of the group's leadership.

Secretary of State Hilary Clinton condemned the attacks on Israel.  "The brutal and cowardly attacks near Eilat appear to be premeditated acts of terrorism against innocent civilians...(and it) only underscores our strong concerns about the security situation in the Sinai Peninsula."

Clinton also stated that our country and this administration stand with Israel "as our friend, partner, and ally - now and always."
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