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    Israeli Military Briefly Sounds Air Defense Sirens Near Gaza in a 'False Alarm'

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    The Israeli military sounded air defense sirens near the Gaza Strip border on Wednesday and stated it was checking if there had been any missile or mortar launched from the enclave, local media reported.

    Following media reports, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) tweeted that sirens had sounded in the city of Sderot and the Sh'ar HaNegev Regional Council.

    In a subsequent tweet, the Israeli military said the siren alert had turned out to be a false alarm.

    On Tuesday, Israel shelled a Hamas position, killing two gunmen in response to shots fired at IDF soldiers near the northern Gaza Strip.

    The military also released "raw footage" that it said was of the incident.

    The recent incident comes amid discussions between the Gaza-based Palestinian movement, Hamas, and Israel of Egyptian and UN-proposed plans to quell the violence in Gaza, which started over three months ago.

    READ MORE: Israel-Hamas Edge Closer to a Ceasefire Deal — Reports

    Since March 30, Palestinians have been participating in the Great March of Return, protesting the Gaza Strip siege and demanding that Palestinian refugees be granted the right to return to the territories they claim were illegally seized by Israel after the 1948 war.

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