Barrage of Rockets Fired at Israel's Red Sea Resort Town of Eilat Intercepted; None Hurt

Iron Dome defense system intercepts at least 3 rockets, army says; no Israelis hurt in first incident along Egyptian border in years.

Ilan Asayag

A barrage of rockets were fired at the Red Sea resort town of Eilat late Wednesday. Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system managed to intercept three of them. No Israelis were hurt in the incident, but a number suffered anxiety.

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Eilat sits on Israel's southernmost tip and shares a border with Jordan and Egypt's restive Sinai region. Police forces are searching the city for any possible debris.

Tensions flared up this week along Israel's border with Gaza after a rocket was fired at southern Israel. Israel’s responded with a series of strikes on Hamas-linked targets. Two members of the security cabinet who spoke with Haaretz hinted on Tuesday at the possibility of a more serious escalation within a few months.

Merav Levy Diament, a resident of Eilat, told Haaretz that she had just put her daughter to bed when warning siren went off. "I ran to the other room and woke my kids and my husband and ran downstairs. On the way there we hear loud explosions."

In April 2012, a grad rocket exploded in Eilat thought to have been fired toward the city from the Sinai Peninsula.

In August 2010, five grad rockets fired from Egypt exploded in the Eilat area and in Aqaba in Jordan. One Jordanian man was killed by the rocket fire. A senior security official said at the time that several terror groups were at large in the Sinai.