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Thursday April 22, 2010 12:09 PM (EST+7)
Katushyas fired at Israeli resort of Eilat

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AMMAN, April 22 (Reuters) - Two rockets were fired from the Jordanian port of Aqaba towards Israel on Thursday but landed on an empty warehouse in Jordan, a Jordanian security source in Aqaba said.

Jordanian Minister of State for Information Nabil al-Shareef told the state news agency Petra a limited explosion took place in the early hours of the morning at a refrigration warehouse at the northern edge of the city that caused minor damage.

Aqaba is adjacent to the Israeli city of Eilat.

Israel's military and police declined to comment on the rockets, launched nine days after Israel told its nationals holidaying in Egypt's Sinai peninsula, across the border from Eilat, to leave at once, saying militants planned to kidnap Israelis.

Israeli media reports said earlier that Israel suspected the rockets were fired by militants in the Sinai.

The reports said one rocket landed near Aqaba, and the other fell into the Gulf of Aqaba. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

An Israeli security source said nothing had hit Eilat, a popular resort where some residents reported hearing distant explosions in the early morning.

In Egypt, which signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1979, the defence and foreign ministries said they were looking into the reports.

In 2005, rockets were fired at two U.S. warships in Aqaba port but missed their targets and killed a Jordanian soldier on land. A group claiming links to al Qaeda said it carried out that attack.

Two years later, a Palestinian suicide bomber infiltrated through the Sinai and killed three people in an Eilat bakery.

Jordan, which made peace with Israel in 1994, is one of a handful of Arab countries to have diplomatic relations with the Jewish state. Those ties were frayed by Israel's crackdown in 2000 on a Palestinian uprising that erupted in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Anti-Israeli feeling has risen in recent years and many politicians, from independent figures to the Islamist-led opposition, have repeatedly demanded the severing of relations with Israel over its treatment of Palestinians. (Writing by Jeffrey Heller, editing by Ari Rabinovitch and Tim Pearce)







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