ISIS Proxy in Sinai Fires 2 Rockets at Southern Israel
- Author: Adam Floyd Feb 22, 2017,
Feb 22, 2017, 0:52
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman dismissed the threat posed by the Islamic State terror organization's affiliate in the Sinai Peninsula after two rockets believed to be launched by the group landed in Israel Monday, saying he does not consider IS's so-called "Sinai Province" to be "a serious threat".
The missiles exploded in an open space in the Eshkol Region, causing no casualties or damage.
The strike came a day after ISIS claimed through affiliated media that Israel killed four members of its Sinai branch on Saturday.
The military says Israeli forces are searching the area following Monday's attack.
The February launches were the first time since 2015 that rockets had been fired at Israel from Egypt.More news: Pokemon Go Finally Adds Generation 2 Spawns
The ISIS-affiliated Amaq news agency reported that that an Israel Air Force (IAF) drone fired at the terror cell as it was traveling in a vehicle.
The alleged drone strike follows an escalation of hostilities nearly two weeks ago between Israel and "Sinai Province", a militant group linked to the Islamic State.
Most of the attacks have taken place in the north of the Sinai Peninsula, which borders Israel and the Palestinian Gaza Strip, though attacks have reached Cairo.
Israel and Egypt signed a peace treaty in 1979 and maintain close security cooperation.
Egypt is waging a military campaign against Islamist extremist militants in the Sinai, who have attacked Egyptian civilians and soldiers.