5 overnight rocket sirens sounded in southern Israel; IDF says no rockets were fired

Five rocket sirens were sounded in the Kerem Shalom area and the Eshkol Regional Council near Gaza between 2:00 AM and 5:00 AM on Tuesday. The IDF initially stated that launches were detected from Sinai but clarified on Tuesday afternoon that no rockets were fired and that it is looking into what caused the alerts.
Rocket fire (archive) Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Five rocket sirens were sounded over the course of a few hours early Tuesday morning in the Kerem Shalom area and the Eshkol Regional Council near Gaza. The IDF spokesperson initially stated that rockets were launched from Sinai but clarified on Tuesday afternoon that no rockets were fired and that it is looking into what caused the alerts.  

The first siren was activated at around 2:00 AM. Forty-five minutes later, the second siren was heard. At around 4:10 AM, the residents of the area were startled again by the third rocket siren, which was followed by another one half an hour later. The fifth and final siren was sounded just after 5:00 AM.

An escalation in tensions along the Gaza Strip border preceded the night of rocket sirens. On Thursday, 15 mortar shells were fired at IDF soldiers near the security barrier. No injuries were reported. The IDF responded to the attack by firing at Hamas targets in Gaza.



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