The IDF has announced that it will be conducting military exercise in Ashkelon and its surrounding areas through this coming Wednesday. Road access may be closed at times, and has been coordinated together with the police. They also noted that the public may hear explosions. In the event of a "real incident", information will be passed on to the public via security forces.
The IDF stresses that these training exercises were scheduled as part of the regular readiness-training operations for 2013.