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Two Projectiles Launched at Israel From Sinai Peninsula - Israeli Defense Force

Sputnik News

00:14 16.10.2017(updated 03:18 16.10.2017)

The Israeli Defense Force reports that sirens in the Eshkol region were triggered by the two rockets fired from the Egypt's Sinai area.

TEL AVIV (Sputnik) – Southern Israel's Eshkol region was targeted by two rockets fired from Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) said Sunday.

"A short while ago, two rockets were fired from the Sinai area at the Eshkol Regional Council, SE of Gaza," the press service of the IDF said on its Twitter account.

There is still no information about casualties or inflicted damage caused by the attack.

This is not the first time, when the Israeli territory is hit from the Sinai Peninsula, for example the similar incidents took place in April and May.

The missiles were launched hours after the Egyptian military reported that attacks on security checkpoints in North Sinai near the town of Sheikh Zweid killed six servicemen. Daesh terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attacks.

The northern part of the Sinai peninsula is considered to be one of the hotspots of Egypt. The insurgency in North Sinai is led by Islamist militants many of which are affiliated with Daesh terror group. Unprecedented clashes between Egyptian security forces and militants started in 2013 when Egypt's islamist president Mohamed Morsi was ousted as a result of the coup d'etat.

Inspite of the tensions in bilateral relations and Israeli criticism that Egyptian military cannot control the situation on the peninsula, Israel and Egypt are actively cooperating in fighting terrorism. In 1979 Israel and Egypt signed Camp David Accords which imposed restrictions on the presence of Egyptian military forces on Sinai. However, because of the unrest in the insurgency area, which borders with Israel and Gaza strip, in 2015 Israel announced that it allows Egypt to ignore the provisions of the Accords pertaining to the military presence and operate voluntarily in order to ensure security in the region.


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