False Alarm: Israel Mistakenly Fires Iron Dome Air Defense Missiles in Gaza

Saul Bowman
March 28, 2018

Flaming streams of about 10 Iron Dome rockets could be seen rising into the night sky in a spectacular light show, but there was no indication that Islamist militants in Gaza had fired rockets, a military spokeswoman said.

According to Bardawil, the "Land Day", on March 30, comes in response to the US President Donald Trump's plan to move the US embassy to Jerusalem.

The military has said it discovered footprints along its security fence with Gaza on Tuesday and in subsequent searches captured the three who were armed with knives and grenades.

There have already been several incidents along the border in recent days. No damage was reported to the equipment.

The Israeli army was checking reports of the firings and a spokesman declined immediate comment.

Palestinian security sources said there had been no casualties.

But the Israeli army later confirmed no rockets had been fired into Israel.

On Sunday night, Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system was mistakenly activated along the border with the Gaza Strip. They tried to set fire to engineering vehicles and returned to the Gaza Strip unharmed. -Gen. Ronen Manelis told reporters.

Hamas has called on Gazans to march to the border with Israel en masse on Friday.

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.

IDF raids on a Hamas site in Rafah took place just after the group entered into Israeli territory and made efforts to destroy military machinery being used to construct a new anti-terror tunnel barrier between Israel and Gaza.

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