Two Grad rockets found in southern Israel (TIMES OF ISRAEL) By TIMES OF ISRAEL STAFF 06/16/12)
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Rockets land near Eilat and Mitzpeh Ramon; officials reportedly pin
blame on Brotherhood
Two Grad rockets were fired into southern Israel Friday and
discovered by security personnel Saturday. Officials beleive the
rockets originated in the Sinai peninsula.
One rocket landed north of Eilat in the Elot region, while the other,
discovered later in the day, landed near the town of Mitzpeh Ramon.
No damage or injuries were reported in either incident.
The Grad rocket that landed in the Elot region traveled at least 25
kilometers, Israeli officials said Saturday, making it the furthest
incursion a rocket has made from Sinai into Israel.
The rocket was discovered early Saturday morning in an open area.
Much of the Elot region is barren desert, with only a few towns.
Israel reportedly conveyed concerns over the rocket fire to Egyptian
authorities, but played down the incident because it coincides with
Egypt’s sensitive presidential election vote this weekend.
A senior Egyptian security official, speaking to Egyptian daily Al-
Masry Al-Youm on Saturday, denied that the rocket fire had originated
in the Sinai. He said “the Israeli claims are intended to hurt the
security situation in the Sinai and to influence the presidential
The Haaretz daily, quoting Israeli security officials, reported that
the attack was carried out by a Bedouin squad under Hamas orders,
after the Muslim Brotherhood requested the rocket launching.
Israeli security officials had earlier said they were not ruling out
the possibility that the rocket was fired from Jordan.
Rockets have been fired in the Red Sea resort of Eilat from the Sinai
in the past. In 2010, five rockets were fired at Eilat, with several
overshooting Israeli territory and one killing a Jordanian in
neighboring Aqaba. (© 2012 THE TIMES OF ISRAEL 06/16/12)
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