Home Front Command said Thursday that the gas smell enveloping the Tel Aviv area was the result of drilling near the Nitzanim area, Army Radio reported.

Residents in the Gush Dan region complained to local authorities on Thursday of a sharp, chemical smell in the air, according to Israeli media reports.

The reports said that residents had complained to the Tel Aviv municipality and government ministries of a chlorine-like smell in the air.

The Environmental Protection Ministry said based on tests it performed that the smell is not hazardous to the public.

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