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Rockets fired at Israeli resort city of Eilat

April 17, 2013|By Batsheva Sobelman
  • Israeli security officers investigate the scene of a rocket attack in Eilat.
Israeli security officers investigate the scene of a rocket attack in Eilat. (Ran Shauli / Associated…)

JERUSALEM -- At least two rockets landed in the Israeli town of Eilat on Wednesday morning, police said, and residents of the Red Sea resort community reported a number of explosions as well as an air raid siren.

No injuries were reported.

A battery of the Iron Dome missile defense system was recently deployed in the area following intelligence pointing to possible rocket attacks by jihad activists in Sinai. The system did not intercept the rockets that landed in a construction site and an open space shortly after 9 a.m. local time.

According to a tweet from the Israeli army, the rockets were fired from Sinai. Initial reports of additional rockets landing across the bay in the Jordanian town of Aqaba were not confirmed.

Eilat's airport was closed immediately after the attack but reopened for departures later in the day. It remained closed for arrivals, and one flight on its way to Eilat at the time of the incident was returned to Tel Aviv. 

Schools in the town remained open, and residents were told to follow safety instructions in case of new air raid warnings.

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