Rocket fired into Israel from Sinai

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May 23, 2017 08:33
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Rocket fired from the Gaza Strip toward Israel. [File]. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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The IDF confirmed a projectile was launched Tuesday morning from the Sinai peninsula and fell in open space in Israel. No damage or injuries were reported.

There were no incoming rocket sirens and according to a spokesman for the region, the projectile fell in an open area and troops are currently looking for its area of impact.

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Israel has a 240-kilometer border with the Sinai. There, an Islamic State group operates. Despite the small size of the group in the peninsula, it is considered by many to be one of the most effective ISIS franchises outside Syria and Iraq.

The group was previously known as the al-Qaida linked Ansar Beit al Maqdis until it pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group in November 2014. 

Several rockets have been launched at Israel this past year by the Islamic State Group in Sinai, including in April when a Grad rocket landed in a greenhouse in southern Israel’s Eshkol Regional Council. One person suffered from shock as the result of the strike which landed in the community of Yuval next to the Egyptian border.

In February, the group claimed responsibility for a rocket barrage fired towards Israel's Red Sea resort of city of Eilat. The Iron Dome missile system intercepted three projectiles while a fourth landed in open territory. There were no casualties, but four people were treated for anxiety.

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