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Jordan: Proof rockets came from Egypt
ByJPOST.COM STAFF, ASSOCIATED PRESS
August 3, 2010 09:13
Hamas denies involvement; claims "Israel knows who fired them."
Hamas police cadets march in Gaza.

Hamas police cadets Gaza 311 AP. (photo credit:Associated Press)

Jordan has evidence that rocket attacks that that killed a Jordanian and wounded three more on Monday originated in Egypt, a top Jordanian official said Tuesday.

For its part, Egypt has strongly denied that any of the rockets that
struck near Eilat, the Red Sea, and Jordan came from its soil. A Jordanian government official said Jordan had evidence that the rockets were fired from the Sinai, but would not elaborate on its precise nature.



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The official insisted on anonymity citing diplomatic sensitivities because Jordan does not want to publicly embarrass Egypt.

He said Jordan did not believe it was the target of the rocket attack.

Hamas denied any involvement Tuesday with the attacks that struck Monday at the Intercontinental Hotel in Aqaba.

No terror group has yet claimed responsibility for the attacks. Hamas asserted that "Israel knows who fired the rockets," and US State Department Spokesman Philip Crowley said the US had "strong suspicions" over who orchestrated the attack, suggesting the rockets were intended to derail the peace process.

Hamas accused Israel of "looking for excuses to resume attacks on the Gaza Strip," saying "we had no connection with the rocket attacks on Eilat. We do not want a war."

A General in the reserves rejected the denial in an interview on Army Radio Tuesday morning, alleging that "Hamas joined the Muslim Brotherhood, and perhaps Global Jihad [in the attack], and their aim is to harm Israel."

Reports so far have listed Global Jihad as a potential suspect for the attack, which, like Hamas, is known to train and operate in the Sinai.

Egypt Monday denied that the attacks had come from the Sinai, saying it was "impossible" that the rockets originated in Egypt.

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