Photo: Danit Revach
The rocket landing site
Photo: Danit Revach
Photo: Yair Sagi
The rocket landing site
Photo: Yair Sagi

Grad rocket hits Eilat; none injured

Security forces find remnants of mid-range rocket in one of resort city's residential area. No injuries or damage reported

Terrorists fired at least one rocket at Israel's southern resort city of Eilat Wednesday night. No injuries or damage were reported.


Reports of large explosions had security forces canvassing the city. The remnants of a grad rocket were eventually found on a residential construction site.


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The defense establishment believes the fire emanated from Sinai, although no terror group has claimed the fire so far.


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A military source confirmed that the IDF had no concrete information suggesting Eilat was in immediate danger of rocket fire.


The IDF has been on high alert across the Israel-Egypt border following several attempts to mount terror attacks in the sector.


Still, the police said that so far, no special security orders have been issued for residents and tourists.


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The rocket landing site (Photo:Yair Sagi)


One resident, Guy, said he heard three blasts and sirens blaring. Another resident reported hearing a loud blast shortly after midnight.


"The blast sounded like artillery fire because a second later we heard a distant explosion." Rafi reported hearing three major hits. "It didn't sound like firecrackers or anything else, it's a (rocket) hit, we heard a shrieking sound."


Amit, an IDF vetern said: "It sounded like artillery fire. There was a blast and clearly something out of the ordinary."


Over the past few years, several Katyusha rockets have been fire from Sinai at Eilat. Several rockets were fired at the city two years ago.


In August 2010, five rockets exploded in Eilat and Aqaba. A Jordanian taxi driver was killed and several were injured in Aqaba. There were no injuries in Israel.


Last August, a deadly terror attack near Eilat claimed the lives of seven people.




פרסום ראשון: 04.05.12, 00:51
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