Rocket Aimed Toward Israeli City Lands In Jordan At least one person was killed when a rocket apparently aimed at the Israeli resort city of Eilat landed instead in neighboring Jordan. Authorities said it exploded on a main street in front of the Intercontinental Hotel in the Red Sea port of Aqaba.
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Rocket Aimed Toward Israeli City Lands In Jordan

Several rockets were fired early Monday toward the Israeli resort city of Eilat, one of which landed in neighboring Jordan and killed at least one person.

Jordanian authorities said the rocket exploded on a main street in front of the Intercontinental Hotel in the Red Sea port of Aqaba, Dale Gavlak reported for NPR. The strike killed a taxi cab driver and reportedly injuring several other people.

Israeli media reported that three of the five rockets fired at Eilat landed in the Red Sea, while two hit open spaces. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld confirmed that the blasts were caused by rockets, and said no one was injured in Eilat.

The volley of rockets marked the second such attack this year. In April, a similar strike targeted Eilat and Aqaba, popular tourist destinations. Most of those rockets fell into the sea near Eilat, but one hit a warehouse in Aqaba. No one was injured.

Authorities in Israel and Jordan said they believed those rockets were fired from Egypt's Sinai Peninsula.

Jordan's Information Minister Ali Ayed strongly condemned the attack on its soil and vowed that the moderate U.S. ally would continue its fight against terrorism.

Following Monday's attack, Egyptian police in Sinai launched an investigation but found no indication that the rocket fire came from their side of the border, Egyptian security officials said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the press.

In January 2007, a Palestinian suicide bomber killed three people in Eilat, the first ever to hit Israel's southernmost city.

Dale Gavlak contributed to this report for NPR from Amman, Jordan.