Daily Israel Report

Overnight Attack Fails to Disturb Eilat Calm

Residents, tourists flock to the beach despite attempted rocket attack.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 8/13/2013, 2:01 PM

Eilat marina (illustrative)
Eilat marina (illustrative)
Israel news photo: Flash 90

The city of Eilat quickly returned to routine on Tuesday morning following a rocket scare at 1 a.m.

“I didn’t see any hysteria,” Mayor Meir Yitzchak Halevy told Channel 10 news. Residents of the city and tourists know what to do in case of an attack, he said, and there are sheltered areas in hotels and throughout the city.

“We aren’t going to let enemies disturb our daily lives,” he declared.

There will be small changes to improve safety, he revealed. “For the sake of vacationers and visitors to the beachfront, and those swimming in the sea, security forces will erect signs pointing out the bomb shelters in hotels along the beaches,” he said.

The city plans to continue as usual with its planned summer events, including next week's Jazz Festival, he added.

Hotel owners told Maariv/NRG that hotels remain full, with no cancellations due to the scare. Many visitors slept through the alarm.

The Salafist Muslim group Ansar Bait el Maqdas has claimed responsibility for the attempted rocket attack. The rocket was shot down by an Iron Dome installation.

Three people suffered shock or physical injury while running for shelter during the attack.