Sinai terror group says it fired rockets at Eilat

An Islamic terror group based in the Sinai Peninsula claimed credit for firing at least two rockets on Eilat.

At least two long-range Grad missiles were fired at Eilat on Jan. 31. One was intercepted over the southern Israeli resort town by the Iron Dome anti-missile system.

Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, an extremist Salafist group, claimed responsibility for the rocket attack on Eilat in an official statement, saying it was in response to recent Israeli rocket attacks on the Gaza Strip.

Eilat has been targeted by rockets fired from the Sinai in recent years. In August, the Iron Dome intercepted a long-range missile fired at Eilat; others have landed in open areas. — jta