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Hundreds of Israelis flood police with reports of unidentified flying object in nation's skies; chairman of Israeli Astronomical Association confirms sighting, says 'small object suddenly started to grow'
The object was initially spotted in northern Israel, but was later reported being seen as far south as Gedera. The IDF Northern Command said it was unaware of any IDF operations in the area. Officials were also checking whether the Air Force was related to the sighting.
Failed missile test?
The unidentified body was also spotted at the Givataim observatory in central Israel. Dr. Yigal Pat-El, the chairman of the Israeli Astronomical Association and observatory director, confirmed the sighting and said the origin of the object is unclear.
"It looked like a small body that suddenly started to grow and make spiral-like movements," he said. "After a while, it turned into a cloud....it looked like an object flying high above ground and then disintegrating."
"It reached a height of some 80 kilometers and flew north of the border with Lebanon," he said. "It wasn't a meteor."