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False alarm as rocket sirens sound in south

Warnings sound in several communities outside Gaza Strip; not immediately clear what triggered alerts

A photo from the Israeli side of the Israel-Gaza border shows a smoke trail of rockets being fired by Palestinian terrorists from the Gaza Strip into Israel, August 22, 2014. (AFP/Jack Guez)
A photo from the Israeli side of the Israel-Gaza border shows a smoke trail of rockets being fired by Palestinian terrorists from the Gaza Strip into Israel, August 22, 2014. (AFP/Jack Guez)

Rocket sirens rang out in several Israeli communities bordering the Gaza Strip Sunday morning, in what the Israeli army said was a false alarm.

The warnings sounded in several communities near the Strip and some further away, including in the Eshkol, Sha’ar Hanegev and Ramat Hanegev regions.

The IDF said the alarms did not indicate a rocket attack, but did not say why they were triggered.

There have been several false alarms over the past seven weeks since Israel and and the Palestinians reached a ceasefire following 50 days of fighting in the Gaza Strip.

Military officials have said internal fire within the Strip has triggered warnings before.

There have also been two cases of sporadic rocket fire out of the Strip.

Israeli communities in the western Negev were targeted with heavy rocket and mortar fire during the summer conflict.

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