An al-Qaida-inspired group in Egypt claimed responsibility on Tuesday for a rocket attack on southern Eilat port, saying it would continue to target the Jewish state while battling the interim military government in Cairo.

Israel has occasionally come under cross-border strikes from the lawless Egyptian Sinai peninsula, though a new fortified fence along the frontier and Cairo's security crackdowns have kept the militants largely in check.

The Sinai-based terrorist group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (Supporters of Jerusalem) said it had carried out the rocket launch on Eilat and was undeterred by Egyptian security sweeps.

"Jews must understand that our war with the enemy inside will not make us forget the prime enemy of the (Muslim) nation, who occupies the land and defiles the sacred places," Ansar said in a statement. "Jews will see things they do not like."

 

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