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False alarm sounds in Jerusalem

Air raid siren heard in capital Wednesday afternoon, causing panic among residents. Home Front Command, police say incident result of malfunction in system

An air raid siren sounded in Jerusalem at around 1 pm Wednesday, causing panic among the capital's residents. The Home Front Command and police clarified that the incident was the result of a malfunction in the siren system.


Magen David Adom officials said that more than 200 phone calls have been received from residents asking how to act.


Home Front Command officials explained that the siren was likely activated due to a rocket fired at the city of Yavne, as the angle was directed at Jerusalem.


'We didn’t know how to respond'

Assaf from Jerusalem told Ynet, "I am in the Katamon neighborhood, and I heard a siren which ended about a minute ago. I don't understand what happened. I was not stressed out, but others are.


"I went out to the balcony but couldn't see anything. The neighbors asked me what happened, but it doesn't seem like anything serious."


Shirley said, "I am in the French Hill area. The siren is terrifying. We hear about attacks from the north and south all day. What should we do? Should we pick up the children from school? This is very unpleasant. I hope it's just a siren system test at a not so successful timing."


According to Tzachi Ben Hanoch, "People walking on the street began shouting. We didn’t know how to respond, we are in total shock. We are used to ambulance sirens, but that definitely wasn't the case."


Tzila said, "We were sitting in a café when we suddenly heard a siren. People thought it was an ambulance and went out to see what was happening, but we understood it was an air raid siren. It was weird. People didn’t know what to do."


Efrat Weiss, Hanan Greenberg, Roi Mandel, Anat Shalev and Daniel Edelson contributed to this report


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