Rockets fired into Israel, nobody hurt: army (REUTERS) By Ori Lewis JERSALEM, ISRAEL 06/16/12 2:52pm EDT)
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(Reuters) - At least two rockets were fired into southern Israel on
Saturday but both exploded in desert areas causing no damage or
casualties, a military spokeswoman said.
"Last night an explosion was heard in the Arava area in southern
Israel ... Following an examination in the area it was determined
that the rocket was probably a Grad, and the incident is currently
being reviewed," the spokeswoman said after the remains of a first
rocket were found.
Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip, ruled by Islamist Hamas,
have fired Grad rockets at Israel from the coastal territory in the
past, and Israel says militants have also crossed into the Sinai
region of Egypt to launch similar attacks.
The remains of a the first rocket landed in a remote area about 50
kilometers (31 miles) north of the Red Sea resort city of Eilat,
close to the border with the Sinai Peninsula.
The second rocket landed about 100 kilometers further north, deep in
the Negev desert near the town of Mitzpe Ramon, the army said.
An Egyptian security source said a sweep of the Sinai border area was
carried out and he was certain the rocket was not launched from
"The rocket wasn´t launched by Palestinian elements or saboteurs in
Sinai, as the area is fully secured on the Egyptian side. We have
swept the border area ... but no evidence was found that the rocket
was launched from Egyptian land."
Sinai governor Abdel Wahab Mabrouk also ruled out a launch from
Sinai, saying: "This is illogical under the tightened security
The desert border between Israel and Egypt was relatively quiet for
three decades after the two countries signed a peace treaty in 1979.
But Israel says that since the fall of Hosni Mubarak, Cairo has lost
its grip on the Sinai.
In April, Israel said a rocket fired from the Sinai hit Eilat,
without causing casualties, and last August cross-border infiltrators
shot dead eight Israelis. Israeli soldiers repelling the attack
accidentally killed five Egyptian guards.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said after the April rocket
that the Sinai had turned into a "kind of Wild West" exploited by
Islamist militants, with Iranian help, to smuggle in weapons and
stage attacks on Israel.
(Additional reporting by Yousri Mohamed in Ismailia; Editing by
Andrew Roche) (© Thomson Reuters 2012. 06/16/12)
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