Projectile hits Egyptian building on Gaza border

ISMAILIA, Egypt  – A locally made Palestinian rocket exploded on the Egyptian side of the crossing point with Gaza on Sunday, damaging an Egyptian administrative building, security sources said. There were no injuries.

The rocket, about 50 cm (20 inches) long, knocked out communications at the Egyptian border post but the building was deserted because it landed early in the morning, they said.

“Maybe it landed there by mistake and was meant to go into Israel. We have informed the Palestinian side and asked for explanations,” said a security source who asked not to be named.

The Rafah crossing is where tens of thousands of Palestinians broke through into Egypt last month to seek relief from the blockade imposed by Israel.

Egypt has since resealed the border but it has been holding talks with the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, which controls Gaza, on how the border might reopen.

The security sources said that at the time the projectile landed, Israeli forces were carrying out a military operation in the Palestinian side of the town.

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