Rocket fire hits Eilat, Chief of Staff holds situation assessment

Rockets hit the tourist city of Eilat in southern Israel overnight, Security Forces continue searching for additional rocket remains

Date: 05/04/2012, 9:20 AM     Author: IDF (Zahal) Website

Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, held a situation assessment today, Thursday (April 5) due to rocket fire hitting the city of Eilat overnight. GOC Southern Command, Maj. Gen. Tal Russo, Head of the Military Intelligence Directorate, Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi and others participated in the assessment.

Overnight, at least one Grad rocket hit the city of Eilat, its remains found in an open field as well as near inhabited residential buildings. No injuries were reported however several suffer from post trauma. Security Forces continue searching the area for additional rockets.

On August 2, 2010, six 122 milimeter rockets were fired from the Sinai Peninsula region at Israeli territory. Three of the rockets his the city of Eilat, one hitting infrastructure located in northern Eilat. No injuries were reported. Two additional rockets hit the city of Aqaba at the entrance to a local hotel. One Jordanian civilian was killed and five injured, one severely. An additional rocket landed in the sea.

On April 22, 2010, three 122 millimeter Grad rockets were fired from the Sinai Peninsula region towards the cities of Eilat and Aqaba. One rocket landed in the sea south of Eilat and another in Jordanian territory in the city of Aqaba. Two days later, scuba divers found an additional rocket 30 meters into the sea, approximately 70 meters south of beach in Eilat.