False Alarm Stirs Rocket Scare in Southern Israel

Two 'Color Red' sirens were sounded in Eshkol region, but army says no rockets fired from Gaza at Israel.

A Hamas position on the Gaza border, September 8, 2016.
Ilan Assayag

A false rocket alarm Monday stirred fears of an incoming rocket attack from Gaza in two communities in southern Israel's Eshkol Regional Council.

Earlier, two Color Red sirens, warning of an incoming rocket warning from Gaza, were sounded in the south, but the Israeli army later said they were a false positive and that no rocket was fired. Local residents reported hearing the sirens but not explosions.

In October, there were four incidents of rocket fire into Israel from the Gaza Strip.