The Egyptian branch of the Islamic State, Sinai Province, said its militants fired on Friday two Grad missiles at Israeli territories in what they described a ‘retaliatory attack’.
The offensive was confirmed by Israeli authorities. “Two rockets fired from Sinai struck Southern Israel, but without causing casualties or material damage”, an Israeli military spokesman said.
According to the world-terror organization, the attack came as retaliation for the support Israel has shown to Egyptian Armed Forces against Jihadis’ deadly offensive on army checkpoints in northern Sinai last Wednesday.
At least 50 Egyptian troops were killed in ISIS’ bloodiest simultaneous attacks against army bases in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula only one day after President Abdul Fatah Al-Sisi vowed to join the battle against ISIS.
Last week, ISIS assassinated Egypt’s top prosecutor, Hisham Barakat, with a bomb attack on his motorcade.
Sheikh Zuweid district, where the heaviest offensive on the police station occurred, is 250 miles to the north from Egypt’s most prestigious tourist destination, Sharm Al-Sheikh, where nearly 10 million tourists from all over the world spend their summer vacation.
The ISIS offensive, together with the beach massacre in Tunisia’s Sousse last Friday, has made it necessary for Egyptian authorities to ramp up security measures in the state’s most prominent summer resorts like Sharm Al-Sheikh and Hurghada.