Egyptian security officials said a strike by an Israeli drone killed five suspected Islamist militants and destroyed a rocket launcher.
Residents heard a large explosion Friday in the region near the border with Israel. The officials told the Associated Press on condition of anonymity that the attack was in cooperation with Egyptian authorities.
The Israeli military said they are looking into the report.
Egypt’s military and security forces are engaged in long battle against Islamic jihadists in the largely lawless peninsula.
On Thursday, Israel briefly closed an airport near the border after Egyptian officials say they warned of possible militant rocket attacks.
Two long-range rockets fired from Sinai struck Eilat.
The rockets were launched on Wednesday morning and fell in open areas in the city, according to the Israel Defense Forces.
Local residents and tourists were ushered into bomb shelters following a warning siren at 9 a.m., which was followed by the sound of two explosions. IDF forces found the remnants of the two rockets. One landed in a construction site in the south of the city.
A 23-year-old Westchester man was killed by Israeli soldiers shortly after he gunned down a hotel worker in Eilat and holed up in a the hotel kitchen.
Soldiers rushed to the hotel Friday morning after the man identified as William Hershkovitz of Poughkeepsie used the firearm of a security guard at Eilat’s Leonardo Club Hotel to kill an employee, Armando Abed, in the hotel’s kitchen.
This week I was honored to deliver the Cape Town, South Africa, community-wide keynote address for Yom Yerushalayim. Hundreds gathered together in a powerful celebration of the liberation of Jerusalem 45 years ago (28th of Iyar 1967). I was reminded of the power of Jerusalem to unite the Jewish people.
A long-range Grad rocket fired from Egypt hit near a residential area in Eilat.
The rocket fired from the Sinai Peninsula exploded in the resort town in southern Israel early Thursday morning. No injuries were reported. The rocket landed in a construction site, according to reports.
Three explosions were heard in the city, but the other two rockets have not been located, according to reports. Eilat residents and tourists flooded the police and other emergency numbers with concerned calls.