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Blasts in Egypt near Israeli border as Gaza war rages on

The Israeli military blamed two explosions in Egypt, resulted in injuries, on an “aerial threat” from the Red Sea, a possible reference to the Iran-backed Houthis in Yemen, but some details are unclear.
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Egypt was hit with two blasts early Friday, one of which occurred near the Israeli border, demonstrating the risk of spillover from the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza.

A drone fell in Taba and hit an ambulance facility, leaving six people wounded. Taba is located on the Sinai Peninsula and the Red Sea, just south of the town of Eilat in southern Israel. Later on, a projectile fell near an electric power plant in Nuweiba, located about 73 kilometers (45 miles) south of Taba, Egypt’s state-owned news outlet Al-Ahram reported.

Israel Defense Forces spokesperson Avichay Adraee said the IDF detected an “aerial threat” in the Red Sea region. Adraee said the IDF considers the injuries in Egypt to be the result of this threat and that the matter is under investigation, according to a post on X.

There were no claims of responsibility and Egyptian officials said they are gathering information, according to Reuters.

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