Ha­mas drill sets off mas­sive Iron Dome bar­rage; false alarms, bor­der se­cure

The Jewish Voice - - NEWS IS REVIEW -

Is­rael’s Iron Dome mis­sile-de­fense sys­tem was mis­tak­enly ac­ti­vated late Sun­day night when au­to­matic gun­fire in Gaza in­ad­ver­tently trig­gered a bar­rage of mis­sile in­ter­cep­tors into the skies above south­ern Is­rael, ac­cord­ing to the Is­rael De­fense Forces. The false alarm was ac­ti­vated due to live-fire mili­tia ex­er­cises con­ducted by Ha­mas.

The launch set off a wave of mis­sile-warn­ing sirens in the com­mu­ni­ties of Hof Ashkelon and Shaar Ha­Negev, and tanks fired at two Ha­mas po­si­tions in north­ern Gaza.

The IDF con­firmed that no rock­ets were fired at Is­rael, and that the Gaza bor­der is se­cure. An IDF spokesper­son said an investigation is be­ing launched to de­ter­mine the tech­ni­cal rea­son why the Iron Dome and alarm sys­tems were ac­ti­vated, so that mis­takes would not oc­cur again in the fu­ture.

An Iron Dome Mis­sile De­fense bat­tery set up near the South­ern Is­raeli town of Ash­dod fires an in­ter­cept­ing mis­sile on July 16, 2014. Photo by Miriam Al­ster/Flash90

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