Five Code Red rocket alert sirens were sounded in the Eshkol Regional Council in southern Israel on Monday night. The first siren sounded at 1:48 am, followed by four other sirens at 2:54 am, 4:14 am, 4:51 am and 5:03 am. There were no reports of injuries or damage and no rocket remains were found on the ground.
The IDF confirmed its systems had detected rocket launches, but later reported that “in light of the similarity between the five launches and their unusual nature, there may have been a malfunction.”
IDF forces will expand their searches for rocket remains in the morning hours. The sirens may have been activated as a result of battles between the Egyptian army and ISIS operatives in Sinai, near the Israel and Gaza borders.
In October, ISIS claimed responsibility for the two rockets fired from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula toward communities in southern Israel near the Gaza border.
Last week, the Islamic Jihad terror group fired 10 to 12 mortar shells at Israeli forces near the northern Gaza Strip in retaliation for an Israeli strike in October on a terror tunnel from Gaza deep into Israeli territory.
Details to follow