|The coast and hotels of Eilat, a major center of Israeli recreation |
and tourism [Image Source]
Being so close to Egypt and the Sinai desert, the city of Eilat - Israel's southernmost point - knows something about the dangers of living in a very bad neighborhood. On June 16, 2012, Eilat came under GRAD attack [source]. The 122mm missiles (two of them) exploded harmlessly in open fields, but could just as easily have struck human beings - that was clearly the intention of the terrorists. On April 5, 2012, a GRAD missile exploded in Eilat, just 150 meters from a cluster of residential buildings [source] - and again, luck was with the Israeli side and against the terrorists who fired it. There was a more serious attack in August 2010. Two missiles, each weighing 6 kgs, crashed to earth next to Aqaba's InterContinental hotel just across the Jordanian border. Five Jordanians in a taxi nearby were injured, and the driver was killed [source]. In the same volley, three GRADS fell onto Eilat, one exploding in a drainage pool in northern Eilat. But fortunately (again) there were neither injuries nor damage.
Good luck is not the way countries manage the threats and actions of bomb/rocket/missile-equipped terrorists. So we can assume there will be soon be some Israeli countermeasures.
UPDATE 25-Aug-12: Ynet reports ["Third jihadist group claims responsibility for Eilat rockets] that Ansar Beit al-Makdas, a terrorist group said to be connected to global jihad activities, has released a video that documents the GRAD rocket fire that targeted Eilat on August 15, 2012, and the preparation that preceded it. Two other groups, Ansar al-Quds and the Salafi Sinai Front, have also claimed responsibility for the rockets in the last few days. These may be nothing more than names and empty claims - time will tell.