Egypt has dismissed claims that a string of rockets which slammed into Jordan and Israel yesterday were fired from Sinai. Experts claim short range- rockets can’t be launched from such mountainous terrain, only mortars.
So far no one has said they were behind the attacks which killed one person and injured three others but Islamist militants are suspected.
The targets were the holiday Red Sea ports of Aqaba and Eilat. One rocket hit a Jordanian five-star hotel which was where one person died.
Both the US and Israeli governments have condemned the attacks.
“Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke to the Jordanian king and the president of Egypt. There is no doubt that today’s attack on both Israel and Jordan was the work of extremists, who not only wanted to kill innocent people but they wanted to destroy the chance of moving forward together in peace,” said Israeli government spokesman, Mark Regev
Aqaba and Eilat are popular tourist destinations often frequented by Israelis. It’s not the first time the area has been hit by rocket fire but it comes after a weekend of cross border violence between Israel and Gaza, raising tensions once again in the region.