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An Iron Dome anti-missile system is deployed on the Golan Heights to protect northern Israel.

Eyewitnesses in the Golan Heights say they saw the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system intercept “something” late Thursday afternoon. Residents reported hearing a loud explosion, but the source is still unknown.

The news follows two Red Alert incoming rocket sirens that were triggered shortly after 5 pm local time in the Golan Heights.

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Israelis in the communities of Alonei HaBashan, Marom Golan, Hulit, Nir Yitzhak, Sofia and others raced for cover as the sirens blared through their towns and others.

“The Iron Dome launch by the IDF came in response to the infiltration of an unidentified object,” the Golan Regional Council said in a statement.

IDF soldiers and other security personnel searched the area to see whether any missiles landed on the Israeli side of the border with Syria, but no landings were found.

The IDF said in a subsequent statement that the Red Alerts were a “false alarm” but confirmed that the Iron Dome system had indeed been activated. Reports that the interceptor had hit an aircraft, however, were mistaken.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.
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