12:16 GMT19 April 2021
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    Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) on Thursday took to Twitter to say that sirens were sounding in the region of Southern Israel, without immediately providing details on damage or casualties.

    The rocket sirens sounded in both the cities of Ashkelon and Kibbutz Zikim, according to IDF. However, the Israeli military later specified that it was a false alarm.

    "Following the report of the alert activation, it was a false alert", IDF said in a tweet. "The alert system was activated as required, the air defense fighters fired interceptors at the targets in accordance with the policy, and in the absence of need no actual interception was carried out."

    Social media users shared a video of the moment the sirens went off.

    Israel frequently sees rockets attacks, particularly blaming Hamas for the missile strikes coming from the Gaza region.


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