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Which was attended by representatives of the local municipality and of KKL-JNF in both Belgium and Israel.
“Jews in Belgium have a strong connection to the State of Israel, and as soon as anything happens here we feel it at once over there, too,” said President of KKL-JNF Belgium Jacky Benzenou. “We’re with you whatever happens, and we love you always,” he said in conclusion.
The portable shelter, which was erected towards the end of Operation Protective Edge last summer, is situated in the parking lot opposite the municipality’s Public Works Department. This location was chosen because the department’s staff is required to continue working and providing services for residents even in times of emergency. Until the arrival of the new shelter, which can accommodate up to twenty people, they had no protective facilities.
“Thanks to the shelter we shall be able to continue to provide the local population with good service under all circumstances,” said Deputy Mayor Yaakov Efraimov.
During Operation Protective Edge, over thirty alerts sounded in Kiryat Gat and four rockets fell inside the city. In one incident, a resident suffered serious injury and a local neighborhood was badly damaged. Once a code red is sounded, Kiryat Gat residents have only 45 seconds to get to a shelter.
Eva Cohen, a member of the Public Works Department staff, told us: “It was very stressful during the war. Every time there was an alert we ran in all directions to look for a place to take shelter. Now we’re much more relaxed.”
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