Two Loud Explosions Heard in Eilat; IDF Investigating Possible Rocket Attack

Residents of southern city say the blasts shook houses; security forces conducting extensive sweeps in the area.

Residents of Eilat reported Wednesday night hearing two loud blasts across the southern Israeli city. Police and IDF forces commenced an investigation into a possible rocket attack.

Israel Police and IDF forces are currently conducting extensive sweeps in the area in attempt to conclude whether mortar shells or rockets landed in the area. The blasts were heard at about 10 P.M. local time. The source of the blasts remains unknown.

Eilat resident Nahi Indyk was in his back yard with his family when the blast sounds were heard. "We heard two blasts, one following the other," he said. "The first one was stronger, however we didn't hear a 'whistle' [of the shelling]."

"We are not afraid of anyone," Indyk added, however he did tell his children to leave the backyard pool and get in the house. "We should play it on the safe side," his wife Debbie explained.

The last time rockets were fired at the city was in June. Remnants of a grad rocket were found in Ovda and Mitzpeh Ramon, north of Eilat in the southern Negev. No one was wounded by the rocket, nor was any damage caused.