Responsible for the largest attack the Israeli resort of Eilat (Israel) was taken by the terrorist group the Salafist wing «wilayat Sinai», which is considered a branch of the «Islamic state» in the Sinai Peninsula (the former «Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis»), reports
In a statement distributed by the group, said: «This is the beginning of the war against Israel.»
February 8 around 22:55 local time in Eilat sounded the first siren of the early warning system about the rocket attacks. Over the next five minutes the siren is triggered twice. Residents of Eilat heard at least four explosions.
Press service of the IDF confirmed that with the Sinai Peninsula towards the Israeli territory were fired four missiles. Three of them were shot down missile defense system «Iron dome», the fourth fell in an open area without causing damage. Fragments of a missile fell into the pool of one of the hotels in Eilat.
Four foreign tourists required medical attention for removal from a state of shock.
According to the Palestinian side in response to this attack by Israel using its air force allegedly struck a tunnel near the border of Egypt and Gaza. In particular, as reported under the control of Hamas, «the Palestinian information center», the leadership of a terrorist organization announced that the attack on the border of the Gaza strip and Egypt killed two Palestinians, and five others were injured.
The names of the dead. This 24-year-old Hussam Hamid Sufi from Rafah and 38-year-old Muhammad Anwar al-Aqra from Gaza.
According to the version of the Palestinian Agency Safa, the killed was «working».
It is assumed that the attack was carried out by pilotless aircraft.
The website «Izaddina brigades of al-kasama» (armed wing of Hamas) says that the UAV fired a missile at the entrance of the tunnel on the Egyptian side.
IDF spokesman did not confirm the fact of attack on tunnel in Gaza.
It is not excluded that the attack was carried out by the Egyptian military.
Ynet quoted an anonymous Palestinian source, who reported that the explosion destroyed a tunnel that had transported the smuggled weapons. According to this source, we are talking about the explosion as a result of careless handling of weapons or shelling from the Egyptians.
Help. Reverse chronology of rocket attacks on Eilat
8 February 2017. Four rockets were fired toward Eilat from the Sinai Peninsula. Three of them were shot down missile defense system «Iron dome.» The rest fell in open areas. No one was hurt.
24 July 2014. Attempted rocket attack on Eilat from the Sinai. Missile shot down missile defense system «Iron dome.»
July 15, 2014, on the eve of the expected announcement of the ceasefire in the Gaza strip after a week of operation protective edge, terrorists fired on Eilat. In the city blew up three rockets. Slightly injured two people.
31 Jan 2014 Eilat was fired from Sinai. A rocket fired at the city were shot down by missile defense battery «Iron dome». Responsibility for attack was assumed by the terrorist organization «Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis».
January 20, 2014 Eilat came under rocket attack. Two rockets exploded near the city, without causing damage.
In 2013, there were recorded three attacks: August, July and April. In April, for the first time in the history of the shelling of this city signal «Tseva Adom». But many residents and visitors to Eilat are not accustomed to such warnings about the shelling, did Serena did not respond.
During 2012, the year was recorded three attempts of rocket attacks on Eilat in April, in June and in August. No one was hurt, no damage was reported.
In August 2010 the city of Eilat were fired with «Grad» missile. Two rockets crashed at the Gulf of Eilat, one exploded in open areas in Eilat, two in Aqaba (Jordan) where as a result of explosion 6 persons were injured. Then the representatives of the Egyptian security forces stated that the shelling fired from the Sinai Peninsula, the militants of the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas.
Earlier, the Eilat also fired missiles in April of 2010, nobody was hurt.
August 19, 2005, terrorists fired rockets at two U.S. warships stationed in the port of Aqaba, but missed: one of the rockets fell near the Eilat airport, slightly injuring a taxi driver, the other landed in a Jordanian military hospital, killing one soldier. Responsibility for the attack took on the group «brigades of Abdullah Azzam» associated with «al-Qaeda». The perpetrators of the attack were sentenced in Jordan to death.
Islamic state shelled the Israeli resort of Eilat from Egypt 10.02.2017