The government unanimously approved a plan to bolster fortifications for all Israeli localities between 4.5 km and 7 km of the Gaza Strip, according to Israel Radio, as ongoing rocket fire from the Hamas-run enclave once again forced southern residents into bomb shelters.
The plan, proposed by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, will cost around NIS 270 million, and the prime minister will have 30 days to determine the source of the funding without bringing the issue for a second government approval.
"This will bring security to the southern residents," Netanyahu said of the plan. "We are doing this because the towns near the Strip are more vulnerable to short-range rockets than other areas. This is something which southern residents have been requesting for a long time."