Report: IDF strikes Sinai hours after Islamic State rockets hit southern Israel


( Israeli military planes bombed several targets in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula Sunday night just hours after two rockets from the area were fired into southern Israel, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Tuesday.

Israeli Air Force planes. Credit: Major Ofer/Israeli Air Force.

Tribal groups in the Sinai reported seeing Israeli Air Force planes in the area shortly after the strikes hit the peninsula. The Israeli planes were purportedly seen after Egyptian Air Force planes conducted strikes in the northern Sinai.

The Islamic State terror group claimed responsibility Monday for firing the two rockets into southern Israel, which prompted the alleged retaliatory strike from the Jewish state.

“The fighters confronted Israeli jets that flew above the state and targeted the Eshkol compound with two Grad rockets,” the terror group said in a statement, without providing any evidence supporting its claim.

The IDF said no injuries or damage resulted from the rocket fire into Israel.

In 2016 and the beginning of 2017, several rockets were launched at Israel from the Sinai by Salafi jihadists affiliated with Islamic State. 

During President Donald Trump’s visit to Israel in May, a rocket was fired at the Jewish state from the Sinai. In April, a Grad rocket struck a greenhouse in Israel’s southern community of Yuval, adjacent to the Egyptian border. In February, the Salafi terrorists claimed responsibility for firing several rockets at Israel’s southernmost city of Eilat.

Posted on October 17, 2017 .