IDF: Rocket alert siren in Ashkelon Coast Regional Council likely a false alarm

No explosions heard in area and no rocket remains discovered; no rockets have been fired at South since August 26 cease-fire.

September 15, 2014 11:59

Some Israelis take cover as others look on as sirens indicating rockets being fired to the area are heard on a lookout hill near Sderot, opposite the northern Gaza Strip.. (photo credit: REUTERS)

The code red rocket alert siren that was heard in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council area just before 11:30 a.m. on Monday was likely a false alarm, the IDF Spokesman's Office stated.

No explosions were heard in the area and no rocket remains were discovered on the ground following the siren.

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No rockets have been fired at southern Israel from Gaza since an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire brought an end to 50 days of hostilities on August 26.

A senior Hamas official said last week that indirect talks with Israel on a comprehensive cease-fire regarding the recent Gaza conflict deal were slated to resume this week in Cairo.

Exiled Hamas deputy chairman Mousa Abu Marzouq, told reporters in Gaza City during a visit from his current residence in Cairo that the Egyptian-mediated negotiations were due to resume in "mid-September."

Under the terms of the open-ended cease-fire that ended fighting last month, the sides were due for further talks starting within a month from the commencement of the temporary truce.

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