Britain condemns 'senseless' attacks in Israel
Britain condemned the attacks in southern Israel on Thursday, saying there was no excuse for the "senseless" violence in which seven people were killed.
Gunmen raked a bus with gunfire and blasted two other vehicles in the attacks which also left 25 people injured, Israeli medics and the army said.
"I condemn these appalling and senseless acts of violence," Foreign Office Middle East minister Alistair Burt said in a statement.
"As efforts for peace in the region continue, this brutality has no place, nor its perpetrators any excuse.
"My thoughts and prayers are with those killed and injured and I offer sincere condolences to their families and friends."
Security sources said Israeli toops later shot dead seven gunmen behind the attacks. The assailants, believed to be Palestinians, staged at least three attacks against a bus, a military vehicle and a civilian car on two desert roads leading to the southern Red Sea resort town of Eilat.
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