Rockets Land in Israel, Egypt’s IS Affiliate Claims Responsibility

YERUSHALAYIM/CAIRO (Reuters) -

Terrorists in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula fired rockets into southern Israel on Friday in an incident that caused no casualties but appeared to be linked to fighting between Islamist terrorists and Egyptian security forces.

Islamic State’s Egypt affiliate, Sinai Province, said in a statement that it had launched three Grad rockets towards Israel. Reuters could not immediately verify the authenticity of the statement.

An Israeli military source earlier said the rockets had been fired from Sinai.

Israeli police said they had so far found remnants of two rockets in an open area. No damage or casualties were reported.

It was possible the launch was linked to the fighting in Sinai, the military source said, where terrorists of the Sinai Province group launched their biggest assault in years against Egyptian security forces on Wednesday.

The Israeli military on Friday closed a southern highway, part of which runs along the Egyptian border, as a safety precaution.

Egyptian security sources earlier told Reuters they were investigating the reports and said there was no immediate evidence a rocket was launched from Egyptian territory.