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Police lift security alert in southern Israel

Streets reopen in Beersheba and Rahat; police reinforcements sent home

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

Illustrative photo of police in the predominantly Bedouin city of Rahat (photo credit: Edi Israel/Flash90)
Illustrative photo of police in the predominantly Bedouin city of Rahat (photo credit: Edi Israel/Flash90)

Police on Tuesday evening lifted the extra security measures put in place in the southern cities of Beersheba and Rahat earlier in the day due to an unspecified threat.

Without going into details, police announced a number of precautions in response to the “suspicion of a security incident” in the area.

Officers cleared roadblocks and reopened streets that had been closed earlier in the day, while reinforcements were sent home, a police spokeswoman said.

Despite the beefed up security earlier Tuesday, residents were not given any specific instructions and encouraged to go about their daily routines, although they were also told to listen to police orders.

No reasons were given for the alert.

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