(JERUSALEM) -- A string of terrorist attacks that left eight Israelis dead has sparked a new cycle of violence along Israel's southern border.
Israeli air strikes have claimed seven Palestinian lives. The Israeli army says it targeted a group called the Popular Resistance Committee which it believes was responsible for Thursday's deadly attacks. Some of its members are reportedly among the dead. In response, Gaza militants have fired over 10 rockets on cities in southern Israel, wounding seven. Many Israelis are still reeling from the terrorist attacks.
The fact that the Palestinian militants entered Israel from the Sinai Peninsula has confirmed Israeli security officials worst fears that the border with Egypt is no longer secure. Lawlessness has increased since the revolution and the fall of President Hosni Mubarak.
Israel made an allowance in its treaty with Egypt and allowed the Egyptian army into the border area just last week to root out suspected Islamic militants. Egyptian intelligence officials say some of the groups are linked to al Qaeda and are responsible for the recent attacks on the natural gas pipeline. But Israeli officials now say they can't rely on Egyptian security forces. There's already talk of increasing Israel's military presence along the border and moving forward with plans to build a barrier.
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