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Roads closed across southern Israel after 'security incident'

July 17, 2014 5:02 P.M. (Updated: July 18, 2014 4:13 P.M.)
BEERSHEBA (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities closed a number of roads across southern Israel on Thursday after announcing a "security incident" in the area, in what some suspect may be related to the infiltration of militants from Gaza into the region.

The move comes after more than a dozen rockets were launched from Gaza into southern Israel since the end of the temporary ceasefire at 3 p.m., with at least two hitting inside the town of Eshkol.

Israeli authorities closed down Highway 25 in Beersheba from west to east, Route 241 in Ofakim from the western entrance to the south, and Highway 40 in Dimona from Mashaabim Junction to Dimona.

One of the roads was reopened around 5 p.m., but it was unclear which.

An Israeli police spokesperson said that a large number of Israeli police were en route to the area to provide security reinforcements.

Earlier on Thursday, militants from Gaza crossed the border into Israel through a tunnel, before an Israeli airstrike forced them to return.

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