Two Rockets Fired at Eilat from Sinai

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EILAT, Israel - Residents of Israel's southernmost resort city of Eilat were awakened early Thursday morning by two Katyusha rockets fired from the Sinai. Moments later explosions were heard in nearby Jordan.

One of the rockets damaged a factory in an industrial area of the port city of Aqaba. The second rocket exploded in the water just off the Red Sea coast.

A short time later, Israeli police closed the crossing at the Sinai border and coordinated a search with Jordanian security forces.

At first it was thought the rockets were fired from southern Jordan, but the investigation revealed they were launched from the Egyptian Sinai.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, the first since 2005, when Jordanian-based terror cells fired Katyushas at Eilat - two barely missing a U.S. Navy vessel docked at the Aqaba port and a third landing near the Eilat airport.

During the Passover holiday, the Counter-Terrorism Bureau urged Israelis vacationing in the Sinai to leave due to concrete kidnapping threats by Hamas, the Palestinian faction controlling the Gaza Strip.

In 2007, a suicide bomber killed three people in Eilat.

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