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.
Sirens sounded in the city of Sderot and the Sha'ar HaNegev Regional Council. More details to follow. pic.twitter.com/F5q0xIIYlZ— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) 8 августа 2018 г.
In a subsequent tweet, the Israeli military said the siren alert had turned out to be a false alarm.
The sirens heard in the city of Sderot and the Sha'ar HaNegev Regional Council, appear to be a false alarm— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) 8 августа 2018 г.
On Tuesday, Israel shelled a Hamas position, killing two gunmen in response to shots fired at IDF soldiers near the northern Gaza Strip.
Moments ago, terrorists fired shots towards IDF soldiers near the northern Gaza Strip from a Hamas post. In response, an IDF tank targeted the post from which the shots were fired. No injuries to IDF troops were reported.— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) 7 августа 2018 г.
The IDF is prepared to target any aggression against Israel and holds Hamas responsible for everything happening in and emanating from the Gaza Strip.— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) 7 августа 2018 г.
The military also released "raw footage" that it said was of the incident.
Raw footage: Hamas terrorists shooting at IDF troops from an outpost in the Gaza Strip pic.twitter.com/3ybzw8w3jW— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) 7 августа 2018 г.
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.
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.