Those who attack Israel pay `very heavy price`: PM
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Last Updated: Friday, August 19, 2011, 09:26
Jerusalem: Israel will exact a "very heavy price" from anyone who attacks its civilians, Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu said, just hours after a spate of attacks killed seven in southern Israel.

"If the terror organisations think they can harm our citizens without a response, Israel will make them pay a very heavy price," he said in a televised address.

"I have laid down a principle: if you harm Israel, we will respond immediately and very strongly."

The attacks, which took place on two desert roads some 15 kilometres north of Eilat, saw gunmen rake two buses and a car with gunfire, then mount two other attacks with a roadside bomb and a rocket-propelled grenade against at least two other vehicles.

Netanyahu said Israel made good on his "principle" earlier today when the air force launched a series of raids on targets in southern Gaza, killing six people, including the heads of the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC), he said.

"The people who ordered the killing of our citizens... are no longer alive," he said.

Palestinian medical sources said four of the dead were PRC militants, while the other two were civilians, one of whom was a toddler.

Israeli military and security officials said the men had planned and organised Thursday's attacks with the aim of "kidnapping an Israeli civilian or soldier."

Israeli troops also hunted down seven Palestinians men who carried out the attacks: two were shot dead in Israeli territory, while four were killed on on the Egyptian side of the border. A seventh man blew himself up, army officials said.


First Published: Friday, August 19, 2011, 09:26

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