JERUSALEM (JTA) – An Islamic terror group based in the Sinai Peninsula claimed credit for firing at least two rockets on the Eilat.

At least two long-range Grad missiles were fired at the southern Israeli resort town on Friday night. One of the rockets was intercepted over Eilat by the Iron Dome anti-missile system. Two other explosions were heard in Eilat, according to reports. The Code Red warning siren was sounded before the rockets hit the ground.

Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, an extremist Salafist group, claimed responsibility for the rocket attack on Eilat in an official statement, saying it was in response to recent Israeli rocket attacks on the Gaza Strip, according to reports.

The same group claimed responsibility for two long-range rockets fired on Eilat on Jan. 20.

Early Friday morning, Israeli Air Force aircraft attacked and hit what the Israeli Defense Forces called a terror activity site and a weapons-manufacturing facility in the northern Gaza Strip, and a weapons-storage facility in the southern Gaza Strip. The attack was in response to rockets fired at Israel from Gaza several hours earlier, according to the IDF.

Eilat has been targeted by rockets fired from the Sinai in recent years. In August, the Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted a long-range missile fired at Eilat; others have landed in open areas.

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Source: JTA


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