As red alert went off in Southern Israel due to an alleged Hamas drill, the IAF is investigating the launching of 20 interceptor rockets by the Iron Dome defense system.

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The IAF is currently investigating why the Iron Dome launched 20 interceptor rockets, after red alert sirens went off in Southern Israel, due to machine gun fire during an alleged Hamas drill inside the Gaza Strip. Throughout the investigation, the IAF is also expected to check the sensitivity of the radars in the vicinity of the Gaza Strip.

Following alleged machine gun shooting during a Hamas drill in the Gaza Strip, which lead to the Iron Dome firing 20 interceptor missiles, the IAF is carrying out an investigation to determine the cause of the incident, which may have been caused by a human or technical error.

A number of causes are being investigating, including the possibility that a technical error caused the activation of the sensors that signal an ongoing attack against Israeli territory to the operators of the Iron Dome, or if the incident was caused by an operator who may have seen an object in the radar monitor, that may have seen like fire coming from the Gaza Strip towards Israel, thus leading to the incident.

Initially, it was believed that missiles fired from Gaza towards Israel landed in open areas after sirens were heard throughout Sha’ar Hanegev, Ashkelon and Sderot, however, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit confirmed that no missiles were fired towards Israel. Moreover, IDF tanks attacked two checkpoints in the Northern Gaza Strip, stating that “The IDF makes Hamas responsible for anything coming in and out of the Gaza Strip towards Israel”

In response to the incident, Hamas denied firing rockets towards Israeli territory, claiming that the alerts went off due to heavy machine gun fire during a large-scale exercise of the terrorist organization in the Gaza Strip, during which Hamas operatives trained to attack Israeli tanks and fired rockets into the Mediterranean Sea.