[Tuesday August 13, 2013] Israeli military sources have reported that the “Iron Dome” missile interception system managed to successfully intercept a missile fired towards Eilat coastal city. The sources did not indicate the source of fire, and did not report any injuries or damages.The ‘Mujaheddin Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem’ issued a statement claiming responsibility for the attack, and stated that it fired the missile on 1 a.m. Tuesday.
The missile targeting Eilat was fired from Sinai in Egypt; Egyptian security forces operating against armed groups in the area initiated a search campaign in an attempt to locate the source of fire, and determined that the gunmen launched the missiles from an area close to the border.
The statement of the Shura Council came following a statement made by Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis, operating in Sinai, claiming responsibility for firing the missile in retaliation for the death of four of its fighters who were killed on Friday near the Egyptian city of Rafah.
The group said that a missile fired by an Israeli unmanned drone killed the four.