Israeli Army Tries to Intercept Its Own Drone, Causing Panic

'Due to an error in identification, the IDF Aerial Defense Array launched interceptors which caused the alarms heard in northern Israel,' the army said in a statement

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Israel's border with Lebanon.
Israel's border with Lebanon.Credit: Rami Shllush
Yaniv Kubovich
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The Israeli army said Thursday that intercepting rockets were launched at an aerial target after a target was misidentified.

According to an initial investigation, Israel's aerial defenses tried to shoot down an Israeli drone and failed

The rocket sirens sounded earlier Thursday in communities across the Upper Galilee near the border with Lebanon as well as Ma'ale Yosef regional council. Residents who were rushed into shelters can now carry on regularly with their routine, the army said.

"Due to an error in identification, the IDF Aerial Defense Array launched interceptors which caused the alarms heard in northern Israel," the army said in a statement.

Later in the day, the military said it had shot down a drone above the Gaza Strip. The drone did not fly over Israel and had been under continuous monitoring, the military said.

The incidents came two days after Israel shot down a Hezbollah drone that crossed over Lebanon into Israeli territory. The drone was monitored by air control units throughout its flight, the army said.

Last month, Israeli artillery forces shelled targets in Lebanon, a military spokesperson said, marking a rare flareup on Israel's relatively quiet northern border with Lebanon.

The strike at "the source of the launch" came hours after a rocket launched toward Israel fell in an open area shortly after midnight.

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