Missile strikes Egyptian Red Sea town on Israel border

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Missile strikes Egyptian Red Sea town on Israel border

A missile launched during the conflict between Hamas militants and Israel has struck a resort town in Egypt, according to sources cited by Egypt’s Al Qahera News. The town of Taba, located about 220 km (135 miles) from the Gaza Strip, was hit, causing injuries to at least six people. The blast’s source has not been identified yet.

Taba is situated on the border between Egypt and Israel’s Red Sea port of Eilat. Israel’s military has acknowledged the security incident occurring outside its borders.

Earlier this week, Hamas claimed to have targeted Eilat with a missile, which the Israeli military confirmed hit an outlying area. This incident marked the longest-range Palestinian attack since the Gaza war began on October 7.

No group has claimed responsibility for the blast that occurred on Friday morning.

The explosion in Taba highlights the risks faced by Egypt and other countries in the region as the conflict between Israel and Hamas escalates. Egypt has been actively involved in negotiating aid access for Palestinians, seeking the release of hostages held by Hamas, and advocating for a ceasefire. However, its proximity to the front line exposes it to various risks.

On October 22, several Egyptian border guards were accidentally injured by fragments of a shell from an Israeli tank. Israel apologized for the incident.

According to Al Qahera, the missile strike on Friday targeted a Taba ambulance facility and a residential building associated with the administration of Taba Hospital.

Taba, located in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, is a popular tourist destination and is approximately a three-hour drive from the Red Sea resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh.

Amid escalating regional tensions, the U.S. military, which is on high alert for activities by Iran-backed groups, reported last week that a Navy warship in the northern Red Sea intercepted projectiles launched by Yemen’s Houthi group, potentially aimed at Israel.

Reporting by Emily Rose in Jerusalem, Nafisa Eltahir, Ahmed Tolba, and Hatem Maher in Cairo, and Yusri Mohamed in Ismailia, Egypt; writing by Rami Ayyub; Editing by Cynthia Osterman and Michael Perry.

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