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August 30, 2013 3:48 pm

With Tensions High, Human Error Sets Off False Air Raid Alarm in Eilat

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Iron Dome newly installed near Eilat. Photo. Screenshot

Iron Dome newly installed near Eilat. Photo. Screenshot

In a week that saw Israelis waiting in long lines for gas masks in preparation for a potential chemical weapons attack by Syria, human error on Friday morning in the southern city of Eilat set residents on edge, Israel’s Channel 2 reported.

At around 11AM, air raid sirens rung across Eilat, but municipal officials were quick to announce that there had been a false alarm, with no rockets had been launched against Israel’s southernmost city.

An IDF spokesperson told Israel’s Channel 2 that there had been no technical problem with the alarm, but rather human error was to blame.

The IDF this week installed an Iron Dome anti-rocket battery air defense system in Eilat, as well as in Ashkelon and to the north, in Haifa, as concerns over a Syrian reprisal mounted.

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