Ashkelon mayor: We're not prepared for rocket attacks

By JPOST.COM STAFF
February 29, 2008 09:21

Ashkelon Mayor Roni Mehatzri said Friday that the city was not prepared for the new reality of rocket attacks. "It's a city of 120,000 people, with large facilities - a huge soccer stadium, and a basketball stadium, and a beach. No one is ready for this," Mehatzri told Israel Radio. The Ashkelon mayor went on to say that the city's hospitals were not fortified against rockets and that there was no appropriate system in place to assist the elderly during an attack. He also said the city was not prepared to treat shock victims. Meanwhile, dozens of soldiers in orange berets from the Home Front Command arrived in Ashkelon and hung posters around the city instructing residents on what to do in case of a rocket attack.


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