Parts of Grad missile found north of Eilat

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Parts of a long-range Grad rocket were found north of Eilat.

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It is believed to be one of two rockets fired from the Sinai into the popular resort town last week.

The Salafi Front, an Islamist terror group operating in the Sinai, claimed responsibility for firing the rockets into southern Israel, which caused two loud explosions on the night of Aug. 15. The group also said it perpetrated more than a dozen attacks on the gas pipeline between Egypt and Israel, which has been blown up at least 14 times in the Sinai since February 2011.

It denied any connection to an Aug. 5 attack in which terrorists killed 16 Egyptian soldiers and crossed into Israel down the road from the Kerem Shalom crossing, where they were killed by Israeli security forces.

The Israeli army has stepped up security in the area since Egypt’s revolution began last year. In addition, Israel issued a travel warning to its citizens this month regarding the Sinai.

Rockets have been fired at Eilat and its environs from the Sinai several times in the past two years.
 

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