Israeli military medics evacuate a person wounded in one of several attacks in the Arava desert, to the Soroka hospitan in Beersheba, southern Israel, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011. Assailants armed with heavy weapons, guns and explosives crossed into southern Israel from the neighboring Egyptian Sinai peninsula on Thursday, killing six Israelis and wounding at least a dozen more in an audacious string of attacks that stoked concerns about Palestinian militants exploiting the recent instability in Egypt. (AP Photo/Ilan Assayag)
Gaza City - The Islamist Hamas movement welcomed Thursday’s series of attacks on Israeli vehicles in southern Israel, near the border with Egypt, but refused to take responsibility for them.
‘I don’t think Hamas is behind these attacks, but we praise them since they were against soldiers,’ senior Hamas official Ahmed Yousef told the German Press Agency dpa. No Palestinian group has taken responsibility for the attacks.
In this image provided by Associated Press Television News, an injured man is carried on a bed as hospital staff wait with further beds at Soroka hospital in Beersheba, Israel, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011. Assailants armed with heavy weapons, guns and explosives launched three attacks in quick succession in southern Israel near the border with Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on Thursday, killing at least six people and wounding about a dozen more, officials said. The rare violence in that part of the country targeted a passenger bus, a military patrol and a private car, the officials said. (AP Photo/APTN)
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