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Police officers stop the traffic on a road in the Arava Desert leading to the southern Israeli town of Eilat on Thursday after gunmen crossed from the neighboring Egyptian Sinai Peninsula. They killed six Israelis and wounded at least a dozen in a string of attacks. (Associated Press)

Police officers stop the traffic on a road in the Arava Desert leading to the southern Israeli town of Eilat on Thursday after gunmen crossed from the neighboring Egyptian Sinai Peninsula. They killed six Israelis and wounded at least a dozen in a string of attacks. (Associated Press)

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