Rocket strikes warehouse

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A rocket launched from outside Jordan struck a warehouse in the country's Red Sea port city of Aqaba, officials said yesterday.

Jodanian Information Minister Nabil al-Sharif said initial investigations indicate the rocket was a Russian-designed Grad that was fired from beyond Jordan's borders. Israeli media also reported that two rockets hit Aqaba and Israel's nearby port of Eilat.

The incident occurred as jitters were high a week after Israel issued an "urgent" warning to its citizens to leave Egypt's nearby Sinai Peninsula immediately, citing "concrete evidence of an expected terrorist attempt to kidnap Israelis in Sinai".

An Egyptian security official denied reports that rockets were fired from Sinai yesterday.