Terrorist missiles fired at Eilat

Thursday, August 16, 2012 |  Ryan Jones

Terrorist forces presumably operating out of the Sinai Peninsula fired two GRAD-type missiles at the southern Israel town of Eilat on Wednesday night.

Both missiles landed in open areas outside of Eilat and did not cause any injuries or damage, but did result in a degree of panic in the bustling Red Sea resort.

The missiles rocked Eilat just as popular Israeli singer Eyal Golan was beginning a beach-front concert for 4,000 fans. Police officers quickly got on stage and told the crowed to evacuate the premises.

The little known Salafi Front in Sinai claimed responsibility for the attack, as well as for a string of assaults on the Egypt-Israel gas pipeline over the course of the past year.

The group urged Egyptian forces to halt their new crackdown on Sinai terror groups, insisting that they should all be focused on "the Zionist enemy."

Another Sinai-based Salafi group, the Army of Islam, threatened to launch a wave of suicide bombings in Cairo if government forces did not stop harassing the Islamist groups.

Salafi Muslims are seen as even more radical then their Sunni brothers, and Egypt's largest Salafi movement won a considerable number of seats in Egypt's recent parliamentary election, placing second only to the victorious Muslim Brotherhood.

There is mounting concern in Israel that the situation in Egypt will begin to mirror that in Gaza, where a larger terror groups holds the reins of political power, and ultimately does little or nothing to stop smaller, allied terror groups from attacking Israel.

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