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Islamist militants claim rocket attack on Israel Red Sea resort

Egypt's military is searching for those behind a rocket attack that hit in the resort city of Eilat, Israel. NBCNews.com's Dara Brown reports.

TEL AVIV – Israel’s Red Sea resort of Eilat was hit by two rockets fired from Egypt’s Sinai peninsula Wednesday, but there were was no sign of damage or injury.

Hardline Islamic militant group Magles Shoura al-Mujahddin claimed responsibility in a statement on its website, Reuters reported.

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Israeli policemen inspect the site of a rocket explosion in Eilat, Wednesday.

The statement said the attack was in retaliation for what it described as the Israeli army's attack on protesters demonstrating over the death of a Palestinian prisoner.

Local television showed the casing of the one of the rockets lying in sand at a construction site in the resort city, Al Jazeera reported.

Israel’s military said the rockets caused neither damage nor injury.

The peninsula was demilitarized during the rule of dictator Hosni Mubarak, but since he was swept from power in the 2011 Arab Spring, Islamic militants have begun activities in the region.

Reuters added:

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The scene of a rocket attack in Eilat, Israel, Wednesday.

Israel deployed an Iron Dome anti-rocket battery in Eilat some two weeks ago, a period coinciding with the Jewish Passover holiday when the city at the tip of Gulf of Aqaba is packed with vacationers.

But on Wednesday, the system did not intercept the incoming missiles ``for operational reasons'', a military spokeswoman said, without elaborating.

Egypt's military said it was still investigating whether the rockets had come from Egypt.

"We are still investigating to see if they were delivered from Egyptian territories but nothing is confirmed yet," a senior military official told agency AFP.

Reuters contributed to this report.


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