ISIS rocket fired from Sinai explodes in greenhouse in Southern Israel

 

REPORT: According to an ISIS linked news agency Amaq, the Islamic State took responsibility for the rocket that activated the ‘color-red’ alert sirens in the Eshkol region, and landed inside a greenhouse, only causing considerable damage. No injuries reported.

By JPOST.COM STAFF

 

The Islamic State (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for a rocket attack that landed in landed in a greenhouse in the southern Eshkol Regional Council on Monday, according to ISIS linked news agency Amaq.

Remnants from a rocket that struck southern Israel, April 10, 2017. – Photo: Israel National Police/Spokesperson’s Division

According to the IDF, the projectile was launched from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. One person suffered from shock as the result of the strike, however no other injuries were reported.

Rocket alert sirens were activated in the area to warn of the incoming projectile attack. Residents in the area reported hearing blasts.

The IDF said security forces were sweeping the site of impact.

The attack came as Jews in Israel were preparing for the holiday of Passover, and shortly after the government decided to close its side of the Taba Border Crossing between Eilat and Egypt in light of concerns of terrorist attacks targeting tourists in the volatile Sinai region.

Site of rocket impact in southern Israel, April 10, 2017 – Photo: Israel National Police/Spokesperson’s Division

The Prime Minister’s Office announced the move in a statement that cited “the intensifying activities” of Islamic State-affiliated terrorists in the Sinai region in recent months.

 

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http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Rocket-alert-sirens-sound-in-southern-Israel-near-Gaza-border-486671

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