Published: Thu, February 23, 2017
Markets | By Armando Jensen

Israeli military response to Sinai rocket attacks impossible: former intelligence official

Israeli military response to Sinai rocket attacks impossible: former intelligence official

Five Islamic State (IS) jihadists were allegedly killed by an Israeli Attack in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula Saturday, the Amaq news agency reported.

No air raid sirens were activated, as the IDF determined that the missiles would land in empty, open territory.

"This morning projectiles launched from Sinai hit an open area in southern Israel".

B'chasdei Shamayim, no injuries were reported in Monday's incident.

The claims have not been confirmed by any Israeli or Egyptian authorities. "Forces are searching the area", the statement read.

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For the second time this month, militants have launched rockets towards Israel. They were traveling in a vehicle in Sinai near Rafah, on the border with Gaza. Haaretz reports that a Palestinian man from Gaza, identiifed as Mohammed Id, was among those killed in the alleged Israeli strike. Three of those four rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system, seeming to indicate they would have struck the city, as the IDF's policy is to only shoot down rockets headed toward population centers and infrastructure.

The Eilat rocket strike was claimed by Sinai Province group the following day. The group said it had been launched "in order to teach the Jews and the crusaders a proxy war will not avail them of anything", and threatened future "calamitous" attacks.

Isis has been waging a deadly insurgency against Egyptian security forces in the Sinai but it rarely attempts attacks against Israel.

The IS has been in a vicious conflict with the Egyptian military in the Sinai for years.

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