First ISIS rocket attack on Israel from N. Sinai

Posted February 23, 2017

Five Islamic State (IS) jihadists were allegedly killed by an Israeli Attack in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula Saturday, the Amaq news agency reported.

Two weeks ago, ISIS in Sinai claimed a barrage of rockets fired at the southern city of Eilat a day before.

The February launches were the first time since 2015 that rockets had been fired at Israel from Egypt.

The fourth rocket was not targeted by the missile defense system because its trajectory suggested that it would hit an open field, according to an IDF spokesperson. "Forces are searching the area", said the IDF, reported the Guardian. "The discourse of Israeli drones hovering over Sinai are part of IS propaganda aiming to allege that there is an absence of Egyptian sovereignty over the peninsula", he added.

IS has been waging a deadly insurgency against Egyptian security forces in the Sinai but it rarely attempts attacks against Israel.

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He added Berlin was also in contact with the British government and the two countries would not let themselves be played off against each other.

Egypt has been battling the militants in the restive region, including the Sinai-based Egyptian affiliate of the Islamic State group. The Code Red alarm did not sound since the rockets were not heading to populated areas.

The attack took place near the Sinai border with the Gaza Strip, outside of the city of Rafah.

The photos were released two days after the announcement of the group taking responsibility for the rocket attack launched from the Sinai against southern Israel's Eshkol Regional Council district.

Bashat asserted that Israel will not be able to respond to the rockets fired from Sinai against its territories because of the peace treaty signed in 1979.