Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Eilat attack is tip of the iceberg

From JPost.com » Israel » Jan. 29, 2007, by YAAKOV KATZ ...

A suicide attack that killed three people Sunday in an Eilat bakery was just the tip of the iceberg ...a high-ranking IDF officer from the Southern Command told reporters. "I am concerned that this is just the beginning and the attacks will continue to happen."

According to the officer, in 2006, the IDF and Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) caught over 100 Palestinian terrorists who originated in the Gaza Strip and tried crossing into Israel from the Sinai Desert in Egypt..... security forces also succeeded in dismantling 11 terror rings that had established infrastructure which was used for infiltrations along the border.

Division 80, headed by Brig.-Gen. Imad Faris, is in charge of patrolling the Israeli-Egyptian border which runs for 200 kilometers without a fence or as the officer said: "Any other mental or physical barrier." Three IDF infantry companies, commanded by a Lt.-Col., patrol the border area around Eilat.

...According to the officer, the Egyptians could also do more to assist in preventing the terror infiltrations from Gaza, through the Sinai and into Israel. "Egyptians can also do more just like we can," he said. "But before we look at what they can do, we need to look at what we can do."

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