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Iron Dome Successfully Intercepts a Missile Rocket Targeting Eilat For the First Time

An Iron Dome anti-missile battery intercepted a rocket targeting Eilat shortly after 1:00 A.M. on Tuesday. The incident marks the first time the Iron Dome system has intercepted a rocket over the southern resort city, and comes two days after Egyptian reports of an Israeli drone strike which killed five militants at a rocket-launching site in northern Sinai.

The apparent attack comes at the height of the tourist season.

Warning sirens were heard in Eilat after 1:00 A.M., and residents reported hearing two explosions thereafter. Israel Police in Eilat confirmed that the Iron Dome system successfully intercepted the incoming rocket, and that no damage or casualties were caused in the city.

Last week, Eilat’s airport was closed by order of the military, apparently due to security threats in the neighboring Sinai Peninsula. Following the order, the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement that “civilian airports are managed in coordination with the Israel Air Force and Israel Airports Authority, in accordance with security assessments.”

On Sunday, Egyptian security officials said five suspected Islamic militants were killed and a rocket launcher was destroyed in a drone strike in the northern Sinai Peninsula.

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