IDF: False alarm heard in south the result of ‘human error’

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

The Israel Defense Forces says the false alarm heard earlier in the day in southern Israel was the result of “human error.”

Earlier this afternoon, sirens were triggered in the city of Ashkelon and nearby towns, all of which have repeatedly been targeted by rocket fire from the Gaza Strip.

The military quickly clarified that this was a false alarm.

“An initial investigation of the incident found that this was a human error. There was no damage to the operational functionality of the alert system,” the IDF says.

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