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Rockets fired into southern Israel from Egypt's Sinai

23 February 2017

Earlier in February, the Islamic State fired rockets at the southern Israeli town of Eliat.

The February launches were the first time since 2015 that rockets had been fired at Israel from Egypt.

Recently, the IS-affiliated group of "Sinai Province" claimed responsibility for launching missiles at Israel, which came down in southern Israel and caused no injuries or deaths.

In a statement on social media, the group said it had fired two Katyusha rockets at "southern Palestine", according to the Walla news site.

The IDF has not commented on the claim, but the Israel is reported to have carried out drone strikes "with Egypt's knowledge and blessing" against militants in the restive peninsula.

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The Eilat rocket strike was claimed by Sinai Province group the following day. Lieberman said that while IS in Sinai, know as Wiyalet, is "annoying" and "hindersome", it does not possess the means to pose a serious threat to Israel's security like terror groups Hamas or Hezbollah.

The attack took place near the Sinai border with the Gaza Strip, outside of the city of Rafah.

It wasn't immediately clear who fired the shells but Islamic militants in Egypt's lawless Sinai have been behind a number of such attacks in recent years. Three of those four rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system, seeming to indicate they would have struck the city, as the IDF's policy is to only shoot down rockets headed toward population centers and infrastructure.

Egypt is one of just two Arab countries that have signed a peace treaty with the Jewish state.