The IDF on Friday unearthed and defused an unexploded bomb, believed to date to World War II, near northern Tel Aviv’s Sde Dov Airport.

The bomb was likely dropped in an Italian airstrike on then British Mandate Tel Aviv in September 1940 which left 107 Jewish residents of the city dead. While most of the Regia Aeronautica’s bombing was focused on central Tel Aviv, near present-day Dizengoff Center, stray bombs could have landed as far north as the Sde Dov Airbase.

The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit was unable to provide The Times of Israel with any additional information on Friday about the incident.

A local civilian carrying his small dog (right) inspects the damage to one of the vehicles as a result of a bombing of Tel Aviv in September 1940. (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons/Nirvi)

A local civilian carrying his small dog (right) inspects the damage to one of the vehicles as a result of a bombing of Tel Aviv in September 1940. (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons/Nirvi)

IDF sappers were called to the scene and neutralized the explosive.

Earlier in the day an unused IDF artillery shell was found on a beach in Ashdod. Police sappers were summoned to disarm the explosive.