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Islamic State group claims responsibility for firing missile into Israel from Sinai

Ahram Online , Monday 10 Apr 2017
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The Islamic State militant group has claimed responsibility for firing a grad missile from Sinai into southern Israel on Monday in a statement on its news agency AMAQ.

An Israeli army statement said earlier in the day that the projectile landed in the Eshkol regional council.

"No injuries have been reported," the statement added. 

Prior to the attack, Israel closed its Taba border crossing with Egypt on Monday over a warning by its anti-terrorism office of an "imminent" militant attack against tourists in Sinai.

On Sunday, the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a pair of church suicide bombings during Palm Sunday ceremonies in Tanta and Alexandria.

The two attacks killed 45 people.

Israel urged its citizens visiting Sinai to return home shortly after the attacks.

Israel has warned its citizens to avoid travelling to Egypt's Sinai Peninsula in recent years over concerns of Islamist militant activity.

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