The Egyptian army announced that what happened to the city of Taba at dawn on Friday was the result of the fall of “an unidentified drone” near one of the buildings near the city hospital, located on the Red Sea. and bordering Israel.
The Egyptian Armed Forces spokesperson issued a statement saying: “One of the unidentified drones fell this Friday morning next to one of the buildings next to Taba Hospital.”
He continued: “The accident resulted in minor injuries to six persons, and they were discharged from hospital after receiving necessary first aid. The accident is being investigated by a specialized committee of the authorities concerned.”
The Israeli military, for its part, said on Friday that “Egypt has suffered injuries” as a result of “an air threat in the Red Sea area,” without clarifying whether this meant what Reuters reported had happened in the city of Taba.
He explained in a statement: “In recent hours, an aerial threat was detected in the Red Sea area, and fighter jets were called in to address it,” adding that the incident “remains under investigation.” He added: “According to our assessment, the damage to which Egypt was exposed was the result of this threat.”
The statement read: “Israel will work with Egypt and the United States and strengthen protection in the region in light of the threats emanating from the Red Sea environment.”
Egypt’s Health Ministry had revealed in an earlier statement on Friday that “four injured people have left the hospital, while the rest of the injured are expected to be discharged in the coming hours.”
Local and international media reported early Friday about an explosion in Taba, adjacent to the Israeli border.
Earlier Friday, a witness told Reuters: “An explosion was heard and thick smoke and dust was seen early Friday at an Egyptian resort on the Red Sea, near the Israeli border.”
Statement from the Egyptian Ministry of Health on the injured in the Taba explosion
On Friday, Egypt’s Health Ministry announced details of the health status of those injured as a result of an “explosive object” that fell in the city of Taba in the Sinai Peninsula.
Egypt’s Cairo News Channel broadcast live footage of the explosion and reported, citing sources, that the explosion is “related to a rocket that fell in Taba.”
Taba is an Egyptian city of very popular tourism, affiliated with the South Sinai Governorate, and is located at the head of the Gulf of Aqaba on the Red Sea, opposite the coastal city of Eilat in Israel, over 350 km (220 mi)) from Gaza.
Israel’s National Security Council had called on Israeli citizens to leave Egypt and other Arab countries “immediately” in light of the escalation of regional tensions due to the war with Gaza that has been going on since October 7.
Notably, the Egyptian army announced on Sunday that there were “some minor injuries” among Egyptian forces on the border with Israel, as a result of “accidental” shelling by an Israeli tank, without specifying the number of wounded.