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Israeli premier says Gaza militants were behind last week's rocket attack from Sinai


Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leads the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem Sunday, April 21, 2013. Netanyahu said the rockets that hit a southern city last week were fired by Gaza militants in Sinai. (AP Photo/Gali Tibbon, Pool) (The Associated Press)

Israel's prime minister is accusing Gaza militants of carrying out a rocket attack from Egypt's Sinai desert on a southern Israeli resort last week.

Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that "the shooters were apparently a terror squad that left Gaza and used Sinai territory to attack a city in Israel." He called the attack unacceptable and said Israel will charge a "heavy price."

A shadowy extremist Muslim Salafi group claimed responsibility for firing two rockets at Eilat. Nobody was hurt.

Islamic militants, some inspired by al-Qaida, have increased activity in Sinai since Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was ousted in 2011. There are dozens of smuggling tunnels under the Sinai-Gaza border.

Hamas routinely arrests Salafi activists. Hamas sees them as a threat to its rule, while Salafis consider Hamas as too moderate.