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Rocket fired from Sinai lands in southern Israel as border crossing closed

April 10, 2017 1:17 P.M. (Updated: April 10, 2017 7:29 P.M.)
A projectile fired from Egypt hit a greenhouse in southern Israel on April 10, 2017. (Photo: Israeli army)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- A rocket fired from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula late Monday morning landed in southern Israel, the Israeli army said.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that a “projectile” hit a greenhouse in the Eshkol regional council, causing no injuries.

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said that bomb disposal experts had searched the area and that police units were at the scene.

The so-called Islamic State group later claimed responsibility for the rocket, a day after the armed group claimed responsibility for two deadly attacks on Coptic churches in Egypt.

The rocket was fired shortly after the Israeli government announced that it was closing the Taba border crossing between Israel and Egypt over information warning of possible attacks targeting Israelis.

In February, two rockets launched from the Sinai Peninsula hit an open area in Eshkol, similarly causing no injuries.

Earlier this year, the Israeli government warned its citizens of possible "terrorist attacks" in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.

The Sinai Peninsula has been the site of ongoing violence between Egyptian forces and armed militant groups, which has increased since Egyptian President Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi took power from Muhammad Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013.
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