Terror Cell Targets Eilat, Aqaba, Killing Jordanian

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EILAT, Israel -  The IDF suspects a terror cell in the Egyptian Sinai fired the Katyusha rocket salvo that hit Eilat and Aqaba early Monday morning.

One Jordanian was killed and three others injured by the Grad-type Katyusha rocket that exploded in front of the Intercontinental Hotel in the Jordanian port city of Aqaba.

The IDF is investigating the incident.

Egyptian officials denied the possibility that the Katyushas were fired from their territory.

"No rockets were launched from the Sinai," Egyptian sources reported, according to The Jerusalem Post.

"To launch rockets from Egypt, it takes equipment and complicated logistical preparations. It is impossible since the Sinai Penninsula has heavy security," the officials said.

Two of the rockets landed in the Red Sea, one hit in an open area in Eilat north of its hotel complexes, and two others exploded Jordan, one in front of the Intercontinental, injuring four people, one critically.

"The Grad rocket landed in a public street near a major five-star hotel and caused four injuries, with three persons lightly wounded and the other casualty in serious condition," a Jordanian official said just after the attack.

The IDF (Israel Defense Forces) issued a statement saying its troops and Israel Police were searching the area and were in contact with Egyptian and Jordanian security forces to locate the terror cell that fired the salvo.

Just over three months ago, terrorists targeted Eilat, Israel's southernmost resort city, and the nearby Jordanian Red Sea resort of Aqaba.

Preliminary assessments point to a terror cell in the Egyptian Sinai - possibility Hamas - as the source of Monday's attack.

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