Egypt is investigating after projectile, drone hit in South Sinai amid Israel's war on Gaza

Ahram Online , Friday 27 Oct 2023

Blasts hit in Egypt’s South Sinai early on Friday as projectiles landed in Nuweiba and a drone fell in Taba near the border with Israel, while the Israeli war in Gaza has continued for the 21st day.

Six people were injured as a drone fell near Taba hospital early on Friday. Photo: Social media/still photo


Egyptian fighter jets have been flying over the two towns since early morning, eyewitnesses told Al-Qahera News.

Gharib Abdel-Hafez, the spokesperson of the Egyptian Armed Forces, said in a statement that an unidentified drone fell near a hospital in Taba.

The Taba incident resulted in light injuries to six individuals who were treated and released from the hospital, said Abdel-Hafez.

The spokesperson added that the concerned authorities are investigating the incident.

The crashed drone in Taba hit the ambulance building and the residences of hospital management, sources told Al-Qahera News.

Earlier today, an official Egyptian source told Al-Qahera News that Egypt will have “all options on the table” once it knows the origin of the launch.

He added that Egypt reserves the right to respond appropriately.

‘Threat from the Red Sea’

The Israeli army claims that the strike in Taba originated from the Red Sea area.

The Times of Israel says the Israeli army was referring to Yemen.

“In the last few hours, an aerial threat was detected in the Red Sea area, and fighter jets were called in to deal with it,” Israeli army spokesman Avichay Adraee said on X.

He added that Israel will cooperate with Egypt and the US to tighten security in the face of threats from the Red Sea.

Nuweiba blast

Meanwhile, a projectile hit near an electric power plant in Nuweiba, and an investigation into the incident is already underway, said Egyptian sources to Al-Qahera News.

Two Egyptian security sources told Reuters that the projectile fell in a desert area of the town.

‘Accidental’ attack on Egypt

These incidents come a few days after an Israeli tank fired on an Egyptian border surveillance tower in Karm Abu Salem on the border with the Gaza Strip.

The Egyptian army spokesperson said the shelling was “accidental” and caused minor injuries to several military surveillance personnel.

The Israeli army apologized for the incident, asserting that it took place by mistake.

Conflict rages across the border

In Gaza, relentless Israeli airstrikes continued for the 21st day straight, destroying half of the residential units in the strip and killing and wounding thousands.

The Palestinian health ministry reported that 7,326 Palestinian civilians were killed and more than 19,000 injured by the airstrikes.

More than 1.4 million people of Gaza's population of 2.3 million have been internally displaced.

Egypt has been intensifying efforts to deliver humanitarian aid to the strip, but Israel continues to block the entry of trucks carrying aid, forcing them to wait on the Egyptian side of the Rafah border crossing with Gaza.

Israel has imposed a complete blockade on the strip since the start of its war on Gaza three weeks ago, cutting off all supplies of food, water, and fuel to the population.

The UNRWA and international aid organizations say the population in Gaza faces starvation.

Meanwhile, hospitals that are receiving thousands of injuries by the day are running dangerously low on fuel necessary to remain operational.

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