Police resume search for rockets after loud blasts rock Eilat (TIMES OF ISRAEL) By RON FRIEDMAN 08/15/12)
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Police resumed searching for the rmeains of Grad rockets in the
desert outside Eilat Thursday morning, hours after two loud blasts
rocked the resort town.
Security forces suspect the rockets were fired at the city from the
Sinai Peninsula. No injuries were reported.
Authorities called off the search last night after coming up empty
According to Walla News, police officers began their search in the
cityís cemetery and other areas where calls to the emergency hotline
originated Wednesday night, but when nothing was found, expanded the
search to the surrounding area.
Police reportedly dispersed a concert taking place on the beach,
ordering attendees to return to their hotels.
Rockets have been fired in the Red Sea resort of Eilat from the Sinai
in the past. In April two rockets fell in open areas of the city. In
2010, five rockets were fired at Eilat, with several overshooting
Israeli territory and one killing a Jordanian in neighboring Aqaba.
Terror attacks originating in the Sinai have become increasingly
common as Muslim extremists have taken advantage of the power vacuum
left after the ouster of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak.
Earlier this week Israel gave Egypt permission to deploy extra
troops, tanks and attack helicopters in the peninsula in an attempt
to crack down on terrorist groups in the region. (© 2012 THE TIMES OF
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