One killed, four wounded in Aqaba as rockets rock Red Sea resort towns
Five rockets exploded in the Sinai resort towns of Aqaba, Jordan and Eilat, Israel early Monday morning.
Officials are still searching for the rockets, but claim that one fell in Eilat, one in Aqaba, and three into the Red Sea (two of which landed in Jordanian territory). A Jordanian official said that a Grad rocket damaged two vehicles parked at the entrance to the InterContinental Hotel in Aqaba. Five people were injured in the Jordanian port city, one of them seriously. He died later from his wounds. There have been no reports of damage or casualties on the Israeli side.
The rockets were apparently fired from the south at 7:45 am IDT, an Israeli police spokesperson said.
Egyptian authorities claim that the rockets came from Jordan, but the Israeli military believes the rockets were launched from Egypt's Sinai region by "Global Jihad" activists. They continue to investigate the source of the fire.
Jordanian Interior Minister told the AFP that a "preliminary investigation showed that the rocket was fired from outside Jordanian territory." Sources in Amman conveyed that Eilat, not Aqaba, appeared to be the target of the attack.
A similar attack occurred in April, when rockets were allegedly fired from Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. Aqaba and Eilat were struck by rockets fired from Jordanian territory in August 2005.