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Israel under attack. Latest updates from Southern Israel.

More than 600 rocket launches over Israel since the beginning of the escalation. The IDF attacked hundreds of terror targets.

07:00 A.M. All emergency restrictions are lifted

04:30 A.M. Ceasefire comes into effect

17:40 P.M. Islamic Jihad threatens to escalate Gaza violence to all-out war

17:25 PM  IDF confirms Israeli driver killed by anti-tank guided missile. Air Force targeting Hamas’s internal security establishment in Gaza City

17:00 P.M. Netanya and Rehovot opening public bomb shelters amid fears of worsening Gaza violence

16:00 P.M. Funeral of Moshe Agadi in Ashkelon

15:02 P.M. Barzilai Hospital: 115 Israeli casualties over past day

14:22 P.M. Two Israelis confirmed dead after rocket hits southern Israel

13:51 P.M. One man critically wounded after a direct rocket hit to his car

13:30 P.M. Rocket explodes in Beer Sheva.  Bomb shelters in Rehovot are opened.

11:00  A.M. Another rocket lands adjacent to a kindergarten.  Do reports of damage or injuries

08:00 A.M. 430 launches over Israel, 100 rockets were intercepted

Also during the night a rocket landed in a kindergarten, although some serious damage to the classroom, no one was injured.

Home Front Command instructions

As per an instruction from The Home Front Command kindergartens, schools and academic institutions within a 40km radius of the Gaza Strip will remain closed for 48 hours and studies in southern Israel have been cancelled today due to the current escalation in the south. The directive is valid for communities in the Gaza perimeter, the Negev Center, Lachish and the South of the coastal plain. 

Ben-Gurion University, Ashkelon College, Sapir College, and Achva College will remain closed and 210,000 students and 20,000 teaching staff will remain at home on Sunday.

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Educational institutions within a 40km radius of the Gaza Strip will remain closed.  Image credit: Channel 13 TV

As per the Home Front Command’s latest instructions, the following limitations also apply

Public gatherings: up to 300 people only in a closed area

Workplace: access to a protected area, according to HFC stipulations, within the specified entry times

Public services and shopping malls will operate as usual as long as they are in a closed area.  Open air shopping districts/complexes will be closed.

Public shelters will be open.

Israel Railways train updates

The railway section between the Ashkelon and Beer Sheva stations on the western line is closed to traffic in accordance with the instructions of the security forces and the Sderot, Netivot and Ofakim stations are not operational until further notice. The passenger trains from Raanana and Ra’anana West line will end at Ashkelon Station. Night trains on the western line between Be’er Sheva and Tel Aviv Haganah stations will be operational until further notice.

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