Israel has condemned a suicide bomb attack in its Red Sea resort town of Eilat, saying it jeopardises a two-month-old truce in Gaza. Three people are dead after the explosion in a bakery. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said the fight would continue against Palestinian militants but he stopped short of promising retaliation.
Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni says all steps will be taken to protect Israelis: “Israel showed extraordinary restraint until now in order to give the Palestinians the opportunity to fight terrorism and to stop these terror attacks on Israel. Unfortunately the Palestinians did not take this opportunity in order to stop terrorism.” The suicide bombing was the first in Israel since April and the first ever in Eilat. Two militant groups – the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades and Islamic Jihad – have claimed responsibility.
“We send a message to our Palestinian leadership, brothers in all factions, all military wings,” said an Al Aqsa militant. “We did this to aim our guns at our main enemy, to declare that our main enemy is the Zionist occupation.” Islamic Jihad also said the attack was meant to help bring an end to weeks of Palestinian infighting. The bomber has been named in the media as a 21-year-old from Gaza City.