Israel

Islamist Group Takes Credit for Rocket Fired at Israel

Has links to al Qaeda

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An Al-Qaida-linked group claimed responsibility for a rocket that was fired from Sinai toward the southern Israeli city of Eilat early on Tuesday, calling it retaliation for the killing of four guerrillas in Sinai on Friday.

The Magles Shoura al-Mujahideen, a hardline Islamist faction which also has a small presence in the Gaza Strip, said its fighters fired the rocket at 1 A.M. local time.

The rocket was intercepted by an Iron Dome anti-missile battery, marking the first time the system has intercepted a rocket over the southern resort city. No damage or casualties were caused.