Thursday, April 5, 2012

Israel: Tourist Resort Hit by Rocket Launched from Sinai, No Injuries Reported

An Israeli tourist resort, Eilat, popular with Britons was hit by a rocket attack early this morning (April 5), although no injuries were reported.

The Red Sea destination is also scheduled to host the European Triathlon Championships later this month; the resort is already on high alert because of the upcoming Passover holiday which begins this weekend.

COMMENT: Israeli police theorize that the rocket may well have been launched from the Sinai Peninsula. Many overseas tourists are already in the area, and it is due to welcome more than 4,000 athletes for the arduous cycle-swim-run event which starts on April 19.

Eilat has not been a target of terrorists in the past, but in 2010, generally a rocket attack on Eilat and the nearby Jordanian town of Aqaba killed a Jordanian and injured four people. Last August, eight people were killed and dozens wounded in a series of attacks on Israeli targets about 12 miles north of Eilat.

Residents and visitors already in Eilat should be observant of anything unusual, although a high vigilance on the part of local police should be sufficient to deter extremist efforts.

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