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IDF says false alarm after rocket sirens blare in southern Israel

An aerial view shows the southern Israeli town of Sderot (foreground) with Gaza City in the background on February 21, 2008

Rocket alert sirens were activated in southern Israel, near the border with the Gaza Strip, Friday night but Israel Defense Forces (IDF) later deemed the alert a false alarm.

The report comes a day after heightened tensions between Israeli forces and the Palestinians, as clashes erupted across Gaza and the West Bank.

Since US President Donald Trump controversially recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, to the outrage of the Arab world, rocket fire from Gaza has barraged Israel's southern communities.

It has been the largest incidence of fire from Gaza since the 2014 Israel-Hamas war.

At least 18 rockets have been fired at Israel since Trump's December 6 declaration, but a number were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system. Several have landed in the populated areas of Sderot and south of Ashkelon and caused damage to cars and homes, but no casualties. 


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