Gaza situation escalates: 150% call increase to Israeli trauma center

Many of the calls are from parents living in the Gaza border community’s in the south.

May 5, 2019 13:57
1 minute read.
Israelis run for shelter as a siren sounds during a rocket attack near Yad Mordechai

Israelis run for shelter as a siren sounds during a rocket attack near Yad Mordechai at the Israeli side of the Israel Gaza border July 14, 2018. (photo credit: AMIR COHEN/REUTERS)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


With 430 rockets fired at Israel from Gaza, there has been 150% increase of calls to Israeli trauma center, NATAL Israel trauma and Resiliency Center, as of Sunday morning.

Many of the calls are from parents living in the Gaza border communities in the south, seeking assistance and guidance for their children suffering from anxiety.

The Ministry of Health announced the opening of a trauma center in Ashdod, the center will be opened from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. The clinic will provide care to patients from all health care providers.

With sometimes minute and more recently hourly sirens since Saturday, many Israelis are on alert. Rishon Lezion, a city outside of Tel Aviv, began opening its public shelters on Sunday morning. Generally, less affected than communities right near the Gaza border like Sderot, Rishon is some 40 kms away from the Gaza border.
"Following the expansion of the firing range, I ordered the opening of shelters to increase readiness, and for the safety of the residents of the city," said Rishon Lezion mayor Raz Kinstlich.

More than 200,000 children are home from school on Sunday, as classes were canceled in Southern Israel.

To reach NATAL's help line, it is available at 1800-363-363.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

The Dome of the Rock is seen in the background as Chilean President Sebastian Pinera and his wife Ce
June 26, 2019
Chilean president apologizes for Temple Mount visit with Palestinians


Cookie Settings