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Friday, August 19, 2005

Al Qaeda group claims Jordan & Israel rocket attacks

An Al Qaeda linked group claimed on August 19 rocket attacks near US warships moored in the Red Sea port of Aqaba and into a neighbouring Israeli resort killing a Jordanian soldier. The group, the Al Qaeda Organization in the Levant and Egypt, said in a statement posted on an Islamic website that its guerrillas fired "three Katyusha rockets" on the Aqaba and Eilat ports.

(The USS Ashland, an amphibious warfare ship, is seen at Jordan's Aqaba port on August 19. Three rockets were fired at two US Navy ships in Aqaba port on Friday, but they missed their targets and hit a warehouse and a hospital, killing a Jordanian soldier, and striking the Israeli port of Eilat)

The US military said there had been no American casualties. A total of three Katyusha rockets were fired from a warehouse in Aqaba, landing in the port, a site close to a military hospital and next to the airport in the nearby Israeli resort of Eilat, Jordan said. A statement from the US Fifth Fleet in Bahrain said the rocket flew over the USS Ashland and USS Kearsarge which were moored in the port and exploded in a warehouse on the nearby pier. Read More ....

Source: Middle East Times | reBlogged By: News Blog re-Blog
Filed Under: Jordan, Israel, Attacks, US 5th Fleet, Bahrain | Permalink

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