Terror group says it fired rockets on Eilat

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An Islamic terror group based in the Sinai Peninsula and the Gaza Strip has claimed responsibility for rockets fired on Eilat.

Two long-range Grad missiles were fired at the southern Israeli resort town Jan. 20, according to reports.

The extremist Salafist group, Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, claimed responsibility for the attack in a message originating from Gaza, Ynet reported.

“Our war with the enemy in Egypt will not distract us from the war with the nation’s first enemy, Israel,” the statement said, according to Ynet.

Eilat has been the target of rockets fired from the Sinai in recent years. In August, the Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted a long-range missile fired at Eilat; others have landed in open areas.

On Jan. 21, three rockets were fired from Gaza on southern Israel and landed in an open area. Hours later, Palestinian terrorists detonated a bomb on the Gaza side of the border fence in an attempt to kill Israeli soldiers patrolling. No one was hurt. — jta