Missile Hits Egyptian Towns near Israeli Border: What We Know So Far

Unidentified missiles hit two towns in Egypt. (Image: The Palestine Chronicle)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

Unidentified missiles hit two Egyptian towns, injuring six people in the resort town of Taba, just across the border with Israel, Egyptian sources and officials said.

Egyptian Army

Egyptian army spokesperson Colonel Gharib Abdel-Hafez said in a statement on Friday that an “unidentified drone” struck a building, damaging the adjacent hospital.

Egyptian security sources told Reuters news agency that another projectile fell in the Red Sea resort town of Nuweiba.

There was no claim of responsibility so far. Abdel-Hafez said that the incident is under investigation by a specialized committee. He added that Egypt reserves the right to respond appropriately.

Israeli Army

According to the Israeli newspaper The Times of Israel, the Israeli army is “aware of a security incident on the other side of the border with Egypt,” alleging that the missile “likely came from Yemen”.

Israeli army spokesman Daniel Hagari was quoted by the Times of Israel as claiming that “an aerial threat was detected in the Red Sea area” and that “the issue is under investigation”.

‘Accidental’ Attack on Egypt

This incident comes only a few days after an Israeli army tank opened fire at a surveillance tower on the border with the besieged Gaza Strip.

The Israeli army apologized for the incident, claiming that it was accidental.

Egypt has been intensifying efforts to negotiate access to aid for the Palestinian people, after the Israeli government ordered, on October 9, a “complete siege” on the war-torn Strip, cutting off water, food, fuel, and other essentials.

Cairo also rejected the plan to forcibly displace the Palestinian population from Gaza into the Sinai desert.

(The Palestine Chronicle)

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