Sirens sound in north in false alarm amid threats of Hezbollah attack

Incoming missile sirens sounded a false alarm in Israeli communities along the border with Lebanon on Friday morning, the army said in the face of ongoing threats of attack by the Hezbollah terrorist group. Alarms were heard in the western Galilee villages of Avivim, Meron, Dovev, Hurfeish, Sassa, Netua, Fasut and Peki’in, Tzivon, Tzuriel and Alkush. The Israel Defense Forces said the sirens, which left shortly after 8:30 a.m., were caused by reports that a drone had entered Israeli airspace.

For the past two and a half weeks, IDF has been on high alert along the border with Lebanon, fearing a possible attack by Hezbollah in retaliation for the death of one of its fighters during an air strike in Syria that has been widely attributed to Israel.

Defensively, the IDF moved its troops away from areas vulnerable to attack and stepped up surveillance along the borders and, in order to prepare for the need to retaliate aggressively, the IDF also deployed infantry, special forces and artillery reinforcements to the region.