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Rocket fire from Egypt blamed for Israel city attack


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Rocket fire from Egypt blamed for Israel city attack

A rocket has hit the Israeli resort of Eilat on the eve of a major Jewish holiday. Police believe it was fired from Egypt’s Sinai desert.

There were no casualties or damage but security fears are high as holidaymakers gather in the southern city ahead of Passover.

Officials in Israel fear the Sinai desert has become a base for Islamist militants since former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s downfall last year.

Police said explosions were heard in Eilat soon after midnight and the rocket’s remains were found on a building site, not far from a residential area. Some living nearby are said to be suffering from shock.

A search has been underway for any other rockets that may have landed.

Israel has been building a fence along its southern border which it hopes to complete by the end of the year.

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