Several explosions heard in southern Israel near Egyptian border
“Explosions were heard. Search operations have been launched but we have been unable so far to determine the origin of the blasts, be it in Eilat or outside the town,” spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said on Thursday night.
He added that there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage caused by the explosions.
Rosenfeld also said that Israeli forces “are trying to verify if the blasts were caused by Israeli jets that broke the sound barrier” over Eilat, or something else.
In the past Eilat had been hit by rockets fired from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. And Israeli troops had been accused of killing Egyptian soldiers.
In August 2012, sixteen Egyptian border guards were killed in the Sinai Peninsula. Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas said Israel’s spy agency Mossad was behind the attack.
In March 2012, Egypt’s People’s Assembly (lower house of parliament) declared that Israel was the number one enemy of Egypt and called for the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador and a halt to gas exports to Israel.
The People’s Assembly was dissolved in June 2012 by a panel of judges appointed by Egypt’s former pro-Israel dictator Hosni Mubarak.
On Wednesday night, the Egyptian army dismissed Mohamed Morsi, the country’s first democratically-elected president.
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