The series of coordinated and deadly attacks that killed seven Israelis and wounded at least 40 on the road between Eilat and the Egyptian border brought swift condemnation in Washington, but some used the occasion to send messages to Cairo and to the United Nations.
The White House condemned the "brutal terrorist attacks" and reiterated its unity with Israel "against terror" and called for swift justice. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged the Egyptian government to work harder to deal with security problems in the Sinai. It is believed the terrorists were from Gaza but had infiltrated through the Sinai, where security has been relaxed in the wake of the overthrow of the Hosni Mubarak government.
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