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Air raid sirens sound in south in apparent false alarm

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Air raid sirens blared in a number of cities in southern Israel on Thursday in what the Israel Defense Forces said was an apparent false alarm.

The alarms were heard in the cities of Ashkelon, Ashdod and Yavne, along with other communities in Israel’s Shfela region.

The Ashkelon municipality sent out a message to residents after the sirens, telling them that they appeared to have been caused by a “regional malfunction.”

The IDF did not immediately comment on what caused the false alarm.

Tensions along the border have risen in recent weeks over growing unrest in the Strip at the slow progress of reconstruction following May’s 11-day conflict, known in Israel as Operation Guardian of the Walls.

The past month has seen a return of balloon-borne incendiary devices launched from Gaza into Israel, causing at least nine fires........

© The Times of Israel

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