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IDF explains cause of mysterious blasts

IDF officials explain that series of blasts heard Thursday across Israel caused by rare combination of Air Force's operation and weather phenomenon

IDF officials estimated Saturday that the series of mysterious blasts heard Thursday night across Israel were caused by a rare combination of the Air Force's operation in the Gaza Strip and a unique weather phenomenon that caused loud sound fluctuations.


The officials explained that the weather carried the explosion sounds from the Gaza Strip to other areas in Israel.


On Thursday night, dozens of readers from across Israel told Ynet about unusually loud “explosions” and tremors throughout the night, but attempts to shed light on the source of the blasts has been met with uncertainty.


At least one possibility has been discounted, with the country’s seismological institute saying no earthquake occurred.


Police officials estimated the loud sounds were a result of sonic booms created by IDF fighter jets on their way to attacking Gaza, but the army had insisted there was no unusual Air Force activity across the country overnight.


However, On Saturday the IDF provided a somewhat vague explanation for the phenomenon, involving Air Force activity in Gaza.


Central Police District Spokesman Yigal Haddad said police received numerous calls overnight from concerned citizens reporting explosions.


“The residents reported explosions heard from Netanya (north of Tel Aviv) to Rishon Lezion (south of Tel Aviv.) Many residents said the explosions came from the direction of the sea,” he said. “Police personnel who heard the blasts themselves said they sounded like sonic booms. We still don’t know what caused the explosions. We had similar reports during the week.”


פרסום ראשון: 10.29.05, 21:24
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