Rocket launched from Sinai at Israel, IDF says
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Rocket launched from Sinai at Israel, IDF says

No injuries or damage reported; army searching for impact site after missile launched from Egypt strikes Eshkol region

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip lands in an open area in the Eshkol region, December 19, 2014. (photo credit: Israel Police)
A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip lands in an open area in the Eshkol region, December 19, 2014. (photo credit: Israel Police)

A rocket was fired from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula at southern Israel on Tuesday morning, amid a visit to the country by US President Donald Trump, the army said.

No injury or damage was caused by the missile, the army said.

Israeli troops launched a search for the impact site in the Eshkol region, which abuts the Sinai Peninsula. In some cases, rockets launched toward Israel do not cross the border and end up landing inside Egyptian territory.

No organization took immediate responsibility, but previous such incidents have been claimed by the Islamic State terror group’s Sinai affiliate.

The incoming rocket alert was not activated during the attack, as the military calculated the projectile was not heading toward a populated area.

The Islamic State affiliate also launched a rocket at Israel last month, hitting a greenhouse in the Eshkol region, in the community of Yuval. No one was hit by the rocket, but a man who was standing near the impact site was sent to the hospital after he suffered an anxiety attack.

The remains of a rocket fired from Sinai that struck an Israeli greenhouse in the village of Yuval in the Eshkol region on April 10, 2017. (Israel Police)
The remains of a rocket fired from Sinai that struck an Israeli greenhouse in the village of Yuval in the Eshkol region on April 10, 2017. (Israel Police)
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