The report claims that the IAF launched the attack on a tunnel on the Gaza-Egypt border in Rafah a mere two hours after four rockets were fired at Eilat on Wednesday night from the Sinai Peninsula; IDF suggests Egyptians may have been responsible.

Ynet writers|Published:  09.02.17 , 08:22

Hamas has reported that two Palestinians were killed, and another five were injured, during an overnight strike by the IDF in Rafah in southern Gaza launched just two hours after a four rockets were fired at the southern city of Eilat on Wednesday night from the Sinai Peninsula

While the terror organization immediately attributed the attack to the Israel Air Force, the army has suggested that it may have been carried out by the Egyptians.

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Rocket intercepted in Eilat

 

A source with close ties to Hamas in Gaza said that the target was a tunnel on the Gaza-Egypt border and that injuries were caused as a result.

 

Rockets fired into Eilat

Rockets fired into Eilat

 

The first reports of the attack in Gaza were published at 1:30am overnight Wednesday. By early Thursday morning, Hamas’s ministry of health had reported that two had been killed and five more wounded.

One of the people killed is said to be a 24 year old from Rafah while the second is said to be 38 years old.

Shell following interception lands in a hotel swimming pool

Shell following interception lands in a hotel swimming pool

Last night, shortly before 11:00pm, a Code Red alert was sounded in Israel’s southern holiday resort of Eilat when four rockets were blasted into the area, three of which were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile-defense system. One of the rockets landed in open space.

Fragments from the intercepted rockets were discovered in a swimming pool in the city.

No injuries or damage were caused. However, Yoseftal Medical Center in the area said that four were being treated for shock.

Earlier Wednesday evening, a mortar shell fired from a tank in Syria exploded in open territory in the Golan Heights along Israel’s northern border, prompting the IDF to attack a Syrian army post in retaliation.

 

Archive picture from northern Israel (Photo: Avihu Shapira)

Archive picture from northern Israel (Photo: Avihu Shapira)

 

Tensions have been heating up particularly on the Gaza border, with Hamas rockets being fired into Israel and IDF retaliations becoming increasingly commonplace.

On Monday, IDF tanks and aircraft destroyed several Hamas positions throughout the day after a rocket was fired toward the Hof Ashkelon area the same morning and Hamas forces opened fire on an IDF force working near the Gaza border fence in the southern Gaza Strip in the evening.

Elior Levy, Roi Kais, Yoav Zitun and Meir Ohayon cortributed to this report.

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