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Katyusha Hits Eilat; US Base in Jordan Attacked

A Katyusha rocket struck Eilat, on Israel's southernmost tip, Friday morning. Simultaneously, explosions ripped through a US military base in Aqaba, Jordan, across the border from Eilat.
By Nissan Ratzlav-Katz
First Publish: 8/20/2005, 11:16 PM / Last Update: 8/19/2005, 12:21 PM

The rocket attack on Eilat, situated on the Red Sea, occurred at 9:30am, with the impact zone located dangerously close to a runway in Eilat airport, near a number of resort hotels. There were no injuries in the attack, although property damage was reported. IDF officials confirm the attack was a Katyusha rocket, but indications are that there was only a partial detonation.

In the Jordanian city of Aqaba, according to the Al-Jazeera news agency, there were a number of injuries and an unspecified number of people were transported to hospital as a result of an explosion in a closed US military area. Jordanian government officials confirmed reports of the explosion.

Unconfirmed reports indicate that three projectiles may have been fired from Jordan, with two mortars landing in the Hashemite kingdom and one Katyusha landing in Eilat.

No organization has as yet claimed responsibility for the two attacks. Katyusha rockets have been an important part of the Hizbullah terrorist organization arsenal in Lebanon.