IDF says mysterious blast was ‘preplanned controlled ammunition explosion’

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

A view of an explosion near Kiryat Gat in southern Israel on June 7, 2023. (Courtesy: used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)
A view of an explosion near Kiryat Gat in southern Israel on June 7, 2023. (Courtesy: used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)

The Israel Defense Forces says the blast that occurred in southern Israel earlier was a controlled disposal of old ammunition.

The blast was “a preplanned controlled ammunition explosion; there is no risk of a security incident,” the IDF says.

The explosion occurred in an IDF firing zone. The military did not notify residents of the area in advance, leading to some initial confusion.

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