In a statement released to jihadist forums this evening, the Sinai-based jihadist group Ansar Jerusalem (Ansar Bayt al Maqdis) announced that its fighters carried out a rocket attack against the southern Israeli city of Eilat. Security sources earlier told AFP that the remains of one rocket had been located.
“At least one rocket was fired at Eilat and they found the remains on the outskirts of the city,” the source said. However, Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said no rockets had been located and that authorities would resume the search on Jan. 21.
In its communiqué, the jihadist group claimed that “the Jews” are the driving force behind the “war on Islam and Muslims” currently underway in Egypt as they are pressuring Western governments and Egypt’s military to help preserve its security. Ansar Jerusalem concluded by saying that although it is currently engaged in a fight in Egypt, it will not forget that its first enemy is “the Jews.”