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article imageSinai-based Islamists responsible for Eilat rocket attack

By Paul Iddon     Apr 17, 2013 in World
The Islamist group Magles Shoura al-Mujahddin claimed responsibility for the recent rocket attack on the Israeli Red Sea coastal resort of Eilat.
The rockets were likely fired from Egyptian territory. The Islamist group claimed on its website that it fired the two Grad missiles at Eilat in retaliation for what it claims was an Israeli clampdown on protesters railing against the death of a Palestinian prisoner. (Haaretz, April 16 2013)
It referred to the Israeli city as "occupied Eilat" in its statement. Eilat as a holiday resort has a population of 50,000 and is a popular tourist and vacation spot.
The large desert Sinai Peninsula has become relatively unstable following the ousting from power of the secular autocrat that was President Hosni Mubarak. Islamists have therefore capitalized on the lax security situation in order to take 'pot shots' at Israel using such weaponry.
No one was killed in the attack, one rocket landed in an open unpopulated area whilst the other landed in a construction site. The Iron Dome anti-missile missile defense system reportedly tracked these rockets but did not launch interceptor rockets. (BBC News, April 16 2013)
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