Sirens sounded within the southern Israeli district of Abu Qrenat close to the Dimona nuclear reactor on Thursday, the Israeli army stated with out instantly offering additional particulars.
A Reuters reporter about 90 km away from the location heard the sound of an explosion minutes earlier than the army’s textual content message.
Such siren alerts are typically activated by rocket assaults.
Israel’s Military Radio stated that, if such an assault had taken place early on Thursday, its origin was not instantly clear.
Abu Qrenat is deeper inside Israeli territory than the standard vary of the rockets of Palestinian militants within the Gaza Strip.
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Israeli media have stated for weeks that air defences within the space of Dimona and the Crimson Sea port Eilat had been being beefed up in anticipation of a potential long-range missile or drone assault by Iranian-backed forces – maybe from as distant as Yemen.
Tensions are excessive between Israel and Iran over Tehran’s nuclear programme and a current surge in sabotage assaults, a few of which the arch-foes have blamed on one another.