Buses Reportedly Attacked Near Egypt

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A couple of Israeli vehicles have been reportedly attacked near the border with Egypt. Apparently gunmen opened fire on an Israeli bus at the Red Sea resort of Eilat on Thursday, wounding passengers. The military reported another attack on a vehicle in the same area with more casualties, suggesting a coordinated terrorism.

The first attack took place about midday in a sparsely populated area close to Israel’s border with the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula. The gunmen shot at the bus from a car and sped away as Israeli forces and helicopters were chasing them. The military spokesman said there was initial contact between the Israeli forces and the attackers.

PRESSURE INCREASES ON SYRIA

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President Obama has called for the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, to step down, and called for additional sanctions. It's the first time the United States has explicitly called for Mr. Assad’s departure from power.

The actions come in response to the deadly crackdown Syrian forces have been waging against pro-democracy protesters across the country.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hailed the sanctions, which are much sterner than previous measures.