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August 13, 2013 3:32 pm

Palestinian Terrorists Claim Responsibility for Eilat Rocket Attack, Say City ‘Will Never Enjoy Security’

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Iron Dome newly installed near Eilat. Photo. Screenshot

Iron Dome newly installed near Eilat. Photo. Screenshot Hours after a Grad rocket was intercepted by an Israeli Iron Dome battery in the southern city of Eilat for the first time, a Salafi Palestinian terror organization claimed responsibility for the attack. The group claimed the rocket attack was in retaliation for a weekend drone strike, attributed to Israel by foreign media, which killed four Palestinian terrorists as they were readying to launch a rocket into Israel.

The Salafi group—The Mojahideen Shura Council Environs of Jerusalem—which operates in Sinai and the Gaza Strip, issued a statement on Tuesday saying, “We bombed Umm al-Rashrash (the Arabic name for Eilat) with a Grad rocket was a rapid response to the crime committed by Jews recently, in which four jihadi fighters were killed by drone in Sinai.”

The organization went on to issue threats, saying, “The Mojahideen have infused fear and awe into the hearts of the criminal Jews who were forced to scurry into bomb shelters in the middle of the night. Some of them got scared and announced that three rockets had been fired, and some of them were intercepted.”

“We want to emphasize that Eilat and other Jewish cities will never enjoy security, tourism or a flourishing economy. The Jews will pay for the jihadi fighters who died in Sinai. Sinai will stand strong against Israeli aggression,” the statement said.

Security forces rushed to Eilat after loud explosions were heard over the city at 1 a.m. Tuesday. Preliminary investigations showed that the Grad rocket had been fired from the Sinai Peninsula as part of a salvo of rockets fired toward Eilat. The Iron Dome only intercepted the rocket that was calculated to have been heading toward a populated area. The IDF Spokesperson’s Office confirmed that it was Iron Dome’s first successful interception in Eilat.

The rocket attack on Eilat came as Israel-Palestinian conflict negotiations were set to resume Wednesday in Jerusalem.

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  • yussi

    very interesting,warped thinking..this was in retaliation for Israel killing 4 of these animals as THEY WERE PREPARING TO LAUNCH A ROCKET INTO ISRAEL!!! Surely,why in the world should they have been killed?(sic) Just stand by and allow them to fire the rocket and kill innocent civilians…Too bad they only got 4…

    • “Israel, no restraint, no concession to the Arabs rev.

      Any restraint is counterproductive. Israel must respond with extreme force. This is the only way to subdue the enemy. This is the enemy that wants to throw you into the sea.

      I would gladly support a major offensive against Gaza or any other Arab Palestinians that are hurting Israelis in any shape or form.

      Many years ago when Sharon was defense minister of Israel (while his wife was alive) his policy was, any violent acts by the Palestinian Arabs were returned with extreme force, and it worked.

      Why have we changed tactics, have we become too soft, too worried about world opinion. We are paying for this behavior with Israeli lives and damage to Israel’s economy. With this approach, matters will only get worse, as the past has proven. The Arabs treat concessions and lack of extreme response as a sign of weakness.
      The Qur’an 17:104 – states the land belongs to the Jewish people.”