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One dead after Jordan rocket attack

A string of rockets have been fired towards the Israeli resort city of Eilat, with one hitting neighbouring Jordan, killing one person and wounding four, officials in both countries have said.

The rockets appeared to have been fired from Egypt's Sinai peninsula, an Israeli police spokesman said, though Egypt denied the claim. It is the second such attack this year, following a similar incident in April that Israeli authorities said was also fired from Egypt.

A series of explosions were heard early on Monday in the narrow coast of the Red Sea where Israel's Eilat and the Jordanian city of Aqaba are located side by side, both popular tourist destinations.

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the blasts were caused by rockets that were believed to have been fired from the Sinai. He said no-one was injured in Eilat.

Mayor Meir Itzhak Halevi told Israel Radio there was no sign that any of the rockets landed inside Eilat's city limits. Israeli media reported that three rockets fell into the Red Sea and two in open spaces.

One rocket landed in Aqaba on a main street in front of the Intercontinental Hotel, killing a taxi driver, Jordanian Information Minister Ali Ayed said. Four other Jordanians were injured, Ayed said.

A taxi was destroyed in the blast, according to witness Mohammad Shudeifat, who was on his way to work in the area when the rocket struck.

Following Monday's attack, Egyptian police in Sinai launched an investigation but found no indication that the rocket fire came from their side of the border, Egyptian security officials said.

"Our reports show that no rockets were launched from Sinai. If Israel or Jordan are accusing us of this, they need to produce proof on video," said one un-named senior intelligence officer.

In April's attack, a series of rockets were fired, most falling into the sea off Eilat but one flying into Jordan, hitting a warehouse but causing no injuries. Israeli police said that attack also came from the Sinai.


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