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Navy opens fires at suspicious object near busy Eilat beach

IDF says there is no fear of a security incident, after item discovered during ‘routine naval activity in the Red Sea’

An Israeli Navy vessel is seen opening fire toward a suspious object near the coast of Eilat, on November 6, 2021. (Video screenshot)
An Israeli Navy vessel is seen opening fire toward a suspious object near the coast of Eilat, on November 6, 2021. (Video screenshot)

An Israeli Navy vessel opened fire toward a suspicious object in the Gulf of Aqaba on Saturday, just a few hundred meters from beachgoers near the southern city of Eilat.

A military spokesperson said there was no fear of a security incident, implying the object floating at sea did not pose any danger to the vessel or passersby.

The Israel Defense Forces said the object was identified during “routine naval activity in the Red Sea.”

“After clearing the area together with the naval police, the suspicious item was shot at,” the IDF said.

Footage filmed by a beachgoer caught the moment the vessel opened fire toward the object.

The Navy often shoots at suspicious objects further out at sea, but an incident closer to populated areas is less common.

Eilat’s beaches are a popular tourist spot for Israelis during the winter months, due to its year-round warm weather.

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