Al-Qaeda-inspired group fires rockets from Sinai toward Eilat

A view of Eilat. Credit: Ester Inbar via Wikimedia Commons.

( Two rockets were fired on Monday night from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula toward the southern Israeli city of Eilat, according to Israel Hayom. Security forces were unable to locate the rocket shells in the arid, open areas around the Red Sea city. No injuries were reported.

Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (Supporters of Jerusalem), a Sinai-based and al-Qaeda-inspired terrorist group, on Tuesday claimed responsibility for the attack, the Jerusalem Post reported.

“Jews must understand that our war with the enemy inside will not make us forget the prime enemy of the [Muslim] nation, who occupies the land and defiles the sacred places,” Ansar said in a statement.

Thousands of Eilat’s residents rushed to protected spaces in their homes when they heard explosions.

“The whole house shook,” said Moshe, an Eilat resident. “I immediately understood it was a rocket. It sounded like it had landed in our backyard. I looked out the window looking over the bay, but I didn’t see anything because it was dark.”

Posted on January 21, 2014 .