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Israel: Rocket warning siren was false alarm

Israel: Rocket warning siren was false alarm

Air-raid sirens sounded in northern Israel on Wednesday warning of incoming rockets from Lebanon, but the military said it was a false alarm.
The alarms went off in the town of Kiryat Shemona, two miles (three kilometers) from the Lebanese border. Police teams swept the area but within hours, the military confirmed that no rockets had been fired.
In Lebanon, security officials said no rockets were fired from the country into Israel.
Militants in Lebanon have launched rockets into Israel on several occasions in recent months, and Lebanese forces have foiled several more attempts. No Israelis have been injured in the attacks, which have provoked Israeli artillery fire at the areas where the rockets were launched.
The Hezbollah guerrillas who largely control southern Lebanon launched thousands of rockets into Israel during a monthlong war in 2006, and are thought to have an arsenal of tens of thousands of rockets.
But the group has not claimed responsibility for any of the recent fire. The main suspects are small Palestinian militant factions known to operate in Lebanon's south, possibly acting with Hezbollah's tacit approval.
On Tuesday, the U.N.'s special coordinator for Lebanon, Michael Williams, said that despite the violations southern Lebanon and northern Israel were experiencing their longest period of stability in decades.
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AP Writer Bassem Mroue reported from Beirut.


Updated : 2020-12-01 17:44 GMT+08:00