Israel intercepts rocket aimed at Eilat Red Sea resort
Published Saturday 01/02/2014 (updated) 02/02/2014 11:28
An "Iron Dome" battery, a short-range missile defense system, is
deployed in northern Jerusalem on Sept. 15, 2013
(AFP/File Ahmad Gharabli)
JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepted a rocket fired at Eilat Friday and destroyed it, police said, the second time the Red Sea resort has been targeted this month.
The rocket was destroyed by an Iron Dome battery deployed outside Eilat and there were no injuries or damage in the foiled attack, a police spokeswoman said.
On Jan. 20, a rocket struck the outskirts of Eilat and the following day an Egypt-based Wahhabi militant group claimed responsibility for the attack.
The al-Qaeda-inspired Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, which has claimed responsibility for deadly attacks in Egypt in recent months, said it fired the rocket because Israel was the Muslim world's top enemy.
Eilat was also targeted in August and the army said at the time that the Iron Dome anti-missile system had intercepted a rocket.
A Gaza-based group called the Mujahedeen Shura Council said it carried out that attack.
Since the ouster of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak in Feb. 2011, Israel's border with Sinai has seen multiple security incidents, with militants using the relatively lawless peninsula to stage attacks on the country.