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Daily Israel Report

Terrorists Fire Rocket at Eilat

Two explosions and siren heard in resort city as Iron Dome intercepts a rocket.
By Elad Benari, Canada
First Publish: 1/31/2014, 9:57 PM

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Terrorists fired a rocket at the Israeli resort city of Eilat on Friday night.

Residents reported hearing two loud explosions before 10:00 p.m. local time, and a siren indicating that rockets were fired at the region was heard.

One of the explosions was likely caused by the Iron Dome anti-missile system, which intercepted the rocket before it could hit populated areas.

Police and IDF forces are searching the area in an attempt to locate the remains of the rockets.

Ten days ago, terrorists fired two rockets at Eilat. A Sinai-based Salafist group, Ansar Bayt al Maqdis, claimed responsibility for the attack, as it did with previous attacks on the resort city.

"Our war with the enemy in Egypt has not dissuaded us from the war against the first enemy of our nation. With Allah's help, the Jews will only see injury from us,"  the group said.

On Thursday night, Gaza-based terrorists fired a rocket at the southern Israeli city of Netivot.

The rocket exploded in an open area in the Sdot Negev Regional Council, causing no physical injuries or damages. It was the first time since Israel’s counterterrorism Operation Pillar of Defense in 2012 that a Gaza rocket struck near Netivot.

The Israeli Air Force responded to Thursday night’s attack by striking several terror-related sites in Gaza.

(Arutz Sheva’s North American Desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)