None hurt as Grad rockets strike Arava near Uvda (JERUSALEM POST) By YAAKOV KATZ, YAAKOV LAPPIN 06/17/12)
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A Grad-model Katyusha rocket slammed into the southern Arava near
Uvda overnight between Friday and Saturday.
Sappers were sent to the scene early Saturday morning after residents
complained of hearing a loud explosion the night before. After
locating the remains of the rocket, the sappers determined it had
been a 122 mm. Katyusha.
The IDF was investigating whether the rocket was fired from Egypt or
Jordan. The Egyptian daily Al-Masry Al Youm quoted an Egyptian
security source as denying that it came from Sinai.
“These are simply false allegations by Israel aimed at destabilizing
the security situation and affecting [Egypt’s] electoral process,”
the security source said. Egypt is holding the second round of its
presidential elections this weekend.
Police bomb squad officers found the remains of a second rocket on
Saturday at Mitzpe Ramon, in the heart of the Negev.
“It’s a 122 millimeter-diameter Grad-type rocket, the same type of
rocket that was fired earlier at Uvda,” police spokesman Micky
Rosenfeld told The Jerusalem Post.
Security officials were examining when the rocket was launches, as
well as additional circumstances surrounding the incident.
A number of rockets were fired into the Eilat area last April from
the Sinai, which is now considered a terror hotbed. Hamas, for
example, is believed to store some of its weapons there to protect
them from Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip.
In 2005, a rocket was fired from Jordan into Eilat. (© 1995-2011, The
Jerusalem Post 06/17/12)
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