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.
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.