Iron Dome batteries intercepted at least three rockets headed towards Eilat from the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt, the Israel Defense Forces announced Wednesday.
At least one other rocket was not intercepted and landed in a vacant field, the IDF said. No injuries were reported as a result of the rockets, though five people were taken to the hospital due to shock, the Magen David Adom emergency medical service told Israel Radio.
The ISIS-affiliated group Sinai Province has frequently targeted Egyptian government and army institutions, but has also on rare occasions fired at Israel.
The Palestinian terror group Hamas provides medical care to Sinai Province fighters and helps the ISIS affiliate smuggle weapons into Egypt, the Times of Israel reported in December. Arik Agassi reported for The Tower in January 2016 about how the Hamas-Sinai Province alliance, which also includes funding and military training, serves as part of Iran’s plan to establish its hegemony across the Middle East.
The rocket interceptions near Eilat came hours after a Syrian tank shell landed in the Golan Heights. In response, the IDF targeted a Syrian army outpost.
Following a tank round fired from Syria, the IDF targeted a post belonging to the Syrian regime in the northern Syrian Golan Heights.
— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) February 8, 2017
Israel hit a Syrian military position in September after five mortar shells landed in the same region of the Israeli Golan.
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