IDF bracing for increased rocket fire from Sinai

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June 17, 2012 14:25




The IDF is concerned that rocket fire will increase from the Sinai Peninsula and into Israel over the coming days as Egyptian presidential elections come to a close.

A senior defense official said Sunday that Israel had not yet confirmed the identity of the terror cell which launched two rockets into southern Israel on Friday night - one near Uvda and the other near Mitzpe Ramon.

The rockets were both identified as 122 mm Katyushas which have a range of 50 km with a 30 kilogram explosive warhead. The IDF had originally looked into the possibility that the rockets were fired from Jordan but by Sunday morning had ruled out that possibility.

"This is a sensitive time for Egypt and we are prepared for the possibility that there will be a further escalation from the Sinai," a senior defense official said on Sunday.

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