A rocket siren was sounded in the Eshkol Regional Council on Thursday evening. According to the IDF, it was a false alarm that was triggered by the fighting in the Sinai Peninsula.







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A red alert rocket siren was activated early Thursday evening in the Eshkol Regional Council near the Gaza border. Shortly after the siren, the IDF stated that it was a false alarm that was most likely triggered by the fighting in the Sinai Peninsula.  

Since Operation Protection Edge, a total of 65 rockets have been fired at Israel from Gaza. Six of them were fired in 2014; 21 in 2015; 15 in 2016; and 23 in 2017. In the last week alone, six rockets have exploded in Israeli territory and four others have been intercepted by Iron Dome batteries.

In response to yesterday’s rocket fire toward the Israeli communities near Gaza, the Israeli Air Force attacked three Hamas targets that were used as training facilities and ammunition storage units. The IDF spokesperson stated on Thursday morning that the military “will not let this firing continue” and clarified that “anything less of complete calmness [along the border] is unacceptable.”