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Mortar shell with phosphorus fired from Gaza, found near Kerem Shalom crossing (21 August 2011)

The IDF confirmed Tuesday night that a mortar shell was fired from Gaza at southern Israel shortly after 11 pm, but the standard incoming Red Alert warning siren did not activate, because the trajectory of the launch was not heading for populated areas.

Instead, the open area alert was the only warning that was triggered.


The shell exploded in an open area, the IDF said. No property damage was reported and no one was physically injured by the attack.

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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, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.