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Police scramble in south over ‘suspicion of a security incident’

Residents in Beersheba area instructed to go about their daily routine, alert authorities to anything suspicious

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's religions and Diaspora affairs 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 set up roadblocks and sent in reinforcements near the southern cities of Beersheba and Rahat on Tuesday due to the “suspicion of a security incident,” a spokesperson said.

No specific reasons for the alert were given.

The police did not have any special directives for residents, but encouraged them to listen to police orders.

Additional officers, as well as security vehicles, were to be dispatched throughout the area, police spokesperson Luba Samri said.

“The public is encouraged to call the 100 call center with [information on] anything out of the ordinary,” she added.

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