Egypt rules out rockets fired from Sinai

16:58, August 02, 2010      

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Egypt ruled out on Monday that the rockets targeting the Israeli city of Eilat were fired from its Sinai peninsula, state-run MENA news agency reported.

An Egyptian security source denied firing any rocket at Israel by Palestinian elements as the area is tightly controlled by the Egyptian security bodies, dismissing the presence of any al-Qaida elements inside Egypt.

He said there were constant security measures along the borders from Rafah in the north till Taba in the south.

"Firing rockets is always preceded by moving and fixing launch pads which did not happen," MENA quoted the source as saying, adding that it is illogical to move rockets from Gaza to Sinai to launch them.

Earlier in the day, Israeli media reported that five rockets were fired at Israeli Red Sea coastal city of Eilat.

The rockets hit sea and open areas near the city, as well as Jordanian territories, local daily Ha'aretz quoted Israeli security forces as saying, adding that the rockets were apparently launched from Egypt's Sinai peninsula.

Source: Xinhua


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