Daily Israel Report

Mortars Slam into Southern Israel

Residents alarmed as "Color Red" warning system fails to activate.
By Chana Ya'ar
First Publish: 7/24/2013, 11:11 AM / Last Update: 7/24/2013, 2:11 PM

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What at first seemed to be two rockets were later discovered to be two mortar shells that slammed into Israel’s southern region Wednesday morning, surprising residents who had no warning of the attack.

The Color Red incoming rocket alert siren somehow malfunctioning and did not activate, according to local sources in the area.

Miraculously, both reportedly exploded in open areas in the Eshkol Regional Council district. Neither attack caused any property damage, nor was anyone physically injured.

A number of residents in the area were traumatized, however.

Local officials and psychotherapists were activated to take the routine steps to address the anxiety and stress resulting from the attack.

Military sources indicated that it appeared both launches were fired by terror groups acting in defiance of Gaza's ruling Hamas terrorist organization.