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Israeli missile defense shoots down Sinai rocket

An armoured Israeli military vehicle patrols near a barrier along Israel's border with Egypt's Sinai desert, near the Nitzana crossing January 30, 2014. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

JERUSALEM: The Israeli military says its missile defense system has shot down a rocket launched toward the Red Sea resort town of Eilat, near the border with Egypt's Sinai Peninsula.

The military said the rocket was intercepted late Friday. No injuries or damage were reported. It didn't elaborate further.

Rocket attacks on Eilat are relatively rare. Islamic militants in lawless Sinai have been behind several such attacks on the city in recent years. Some caused minor damage and several people have been treated for shock.

Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, a jihadi group that has been behind many attacks on Egyptian targets and has fired rockets at Israel before, claimed responsibility for firing the Friday rocket.

 

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