Terrorists operating out of the Sinai Peninsula fired two missiles at the
southern Israel resort town of Eilat on Monday. The missiles hit not far from
Eilat's crowded hotel district, but did not cause any damage or injuries.
An Egyptian Salafi group claimed credit for the attack.
Hours later, Palestinian forces in the Gaza Strip fired three missiles into
southern Israel. All three landed in open areas.
Children in southern Israel attending schools that have not yet been reinforced
against missile fire were told to stay home for fear of an escalation in
attacks from Gaza.
As Egypt's new military-backed regime continues to battle Salafi and other
Islamist groups at home, it has reportedly been warning Hamas and allied terror
groups in Gaza to stop attacking Israel.
An Islamic Jihad official was quoted by Voice of Israel Radio as saying that
Cairo had told Hamas to curb rocket fire against Israel's southern Negev region.
Last week, Egyptian army sources suggested that after they are done with the
Muslim Brotherhood, they are coming for Hamas.
Apparently, the threats are working, because Israel Radio reported on Tuesday
that Hamas has deployed hundreds of troops along the Gaza border to prevent
smaller local terror groups from launching rockets at the Jewish state.