Rockets from Egypt’s Sinai hit southern Israel, intercepted

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Four rockets were fired from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula towards Eilat in southern Israel, setting off sirens in the quiet resort city on Wednesday night.

According to the military, Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted three rockets, and a fourth rocket exploded in an open field.

No injuries or damages were reported.

No organization immediately claimed responsibility for the barrage.

In 2014, Ansar Bait al-Maqdis, a Salafi jihadist group in Sinai, fired several rockets at Eilat in two separate incidents.

Shortly earlier, Israel’s military said it struck a Syrian army post in response to a projectile fired at the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights.

No injuries were reported from the tank round fire, which was presumably a spillover from the ongoing war in Syria, a military spokesperson said in a statement.

The spokesperson said the army “targeted a post belonging to the Syrian regime in the northern Syrian Golan Heights.”

Errant fire from the nearly five-year fighting in Syria has occasionally been spilling over to Israel, usually causing no casualties or damage.

Israel had repeatedly declared it would not intervene in the internal fighting in Syria but is widely believed to carry out airstrikes at weapons shipments and have been providing medical treatment to hundreds of wounded Syrians who reached the border. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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