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Rockets hit Israeli resort of Eilat and Jordanian city

world Updated: Aug 02, 2010 15:36 IST
Rockets hit Israeli resort of Eilat and Jordanian city

Palestinian militants today fired five rockets into the Israeli port city of Eilat with one of them landing in nearby Jordanian city of Aqaba, flaring up tensions in the Middle East anew.

Though there were no immediate reports of casualties from the beach resort of Eilat, five persons were injured,
four of them seriously, when one of the rockets strayed off course and hit the Jordanian city of Aqaba.

Israeli officials said that they were investigating where the rockets were fired from, Eilat police chief Moshe
Cohen said initial reports suggested that they had been fired from the South, an apparent reference to Egyptian Sinai

"It's a little early to say, but it is reasonable to assume that it came from the southern area," Cohen said.

Two of the fired rockets apparently struck the Red Sea, another exploded in an open area near Eilat, and the
other two hit the hotel district in Aqaba.

There were no reports of injury or damage in Eilat, Cohen said.

Jordanian authorities said a Grad rocket landed near vehicles parked at the entrance to the InterContinental Hotel
in Aqaba.

Security Sources here believe that the rockets were fired from Egypt's Sinai Peninsula by Global Jihad terrorists.

Residents of Eilat reported hearing loud explosions this morning.

"There was a series of booms. The building shook a little. There is a lot of complacency in the city at the
moment, but if rockets fired from Sinai start exploding here, this is liable to ruin the tourist economy during the best
month of the year. We mustn't forget that the French are on their way," Eilat Resident, Avi Cohen, told local media
expressing concern that the development may badly hit the coastal city dependent on tourism.

Eilat, the Jordanian port of Aqaba and nearby Egyptian Red Sea resorts have in the past seen violence perpetrated at
the hands of militants.