Israeli Attacks Escalate Tension With Egypt, Gaza

Friday, August 19, 2011

An Israeli man wrapped in the national flag stands next to cameramen at the Israeli army navy port in the southern Israeli town of Ashdod on May 31, 2010. (MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty)
Israeli and Gazan forces exchanged fire late last night and into this morning following yesterday's attacks near Eilat that left eight Israelis dead and more than 30 wounded. The attacks yesterday were reportedly carried out by armed Gazans who crossed into Israel from Egypt and they marked the most serious assault on Israel from Egyptian terrorities in decades. And today's escalation between the two sides comes just weeks before Palestinians plan to seek a recognition of statehood by the United Nations.

Joining us from Jerusalem is Jermey Bowen, correspondent for our partner the BBC.

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Jeremy Bowen

Comments [3]

Tark from Egypt

Sinai and Gaza are not Israel's in the first place so you can go FK urself

Aug. 19 2011 11:29 AM
listener

Israel, which has fended off several wars waged against it, have returned both the Sinai and Gaza in exchange for "peace".

Aug. 19 2011 10:37 AM
Sara Diament from Bergenfield, NJ

Correction: The Peace Treaty with Gaza was established with the Egyptians not the Palestinians in 1979. President Sadat, who was later assassinated signed along with Israeli PM, Menachem Begin.

Aug. 19 2011 06:45 AM

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