Middle East

Israel intercepts rocket aimed at Eilat Red Sea resort

FiIe - Israeli soldiers stand next to an Iron Dome battery, a short-range missile defense system, just outside Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, Aug. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

JERUSALEM: Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepted a rocket fired at Eilat Friday and destroyed it, police said, the second time the Red Sea resort has been targeted this month.

The rocket was destroyed by an Iron Dome battery deployed outside Eilat and there were no injuries or damage in the foiled attack, a police spokeswoman said.

On January 20, a rocket struck the outskirts of Eilat and the following day an Egypt-based jihadist group claimed responsibility for the attack.

The Al-Qaeda-inspired Beit al-Maqdis, which has claimed responsibility for deadly attacks in Egypt in recent months, said it fired the rocket because Israel was the Muslim world's top enemy.

Eilat also came under attack in August and the army said at the time that the Iron Dome anti-missile system had intercepted a rocket.

A Gaza-based Salafist group called the Mujahedeen Shura Council said it carried out that attack.

Since the ouster of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak in February 2011, Israel's border with Sinai has seen multiple security incidents, with militants using the lawless peninsula to stage attacks on the Jewish state.





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