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Long-range rockets strike Eilat

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Two long-range rockets fired from Sinai struck Eilat.

The rockets were launched on Wednesday morning and fell in open areas in the city, according to the Israel Defense Forces.

Local residents and tourists were ushered into bomb shelters following a warning siren at 9 a.m., which was followed by the sound of two explosions. IDF forces found the remnants of the two rockets. One landed in a construction site in the south of the city.

An Iron Dome missile defense system battery deployed in the Eilat area tracked the rockets but did not operate to shoot them down, according to reports.

Following the attack, the Eilat airport was closed for several hours.

It is believed that at least two other rockets fired from the Sinai hit Aqaba in Jordan, although Jordan denies this.

A rocket last landed in Eilat in April 2012.

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