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Egyptian territory “will not be a source for threats” says army

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The Egyptian military on Wednesday said Egypt’s territory will not be a source for threats by its neighbors, after Jihadist militants fired two rockets from the Sinai Peninsula at southern Israel, reported Al Arabiya.

It was the first rocket attack that struck inside the Israeli resort city of Eilat in eight months, but it caused no casualties, police said.

The Israeli army said rockets were fired from Sinai, but there was no confirmation from Cairo, where a senior military official said troops were still "investigating" the incident.

The attack by the militants coincided with Palestinian Prisoners' Day, hours before Palestinians across the West Bank and Gaza began gathering for a series of rallies in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli jails, reported AFP.

In a statement posted online and published by AFP, a Gaza-based Salafi group called the Mujahedeen Shura Council claimed hitting Eilat with two Grad rockets as a "response to the continued suffering of the downtrodden prisoners in Israeli jails."

According to the Israeli rights group B'Tselem, there are 4,713 Palestinians in Israeli jails, of which 169 are in administrative detention where they can be held without charge for renewable periods of up to six months.