A policeman stands in the crater from a Grad rocket 311.
(photo credit: Be'er Tuvia Regional Council)
After one of two rockets fired at a community in the Eshkol Regional Council
struck there and caused minor damage to homes, the region’s council is trying to
maintain as “routine a continuation of life as possible,” a spokeswoman told The
Jerusalem Post on Wednesday.
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While not all events in the region are being
canceled, the Discover the World festival that was supposed to take place
throughout August was postponed, according to the spokeswoman, Ronit
Meanwhile, the council is constantly in contact with residents
through its website, e-mails and phone text messages.
“We are ready to
give responses to residents and there is a 24-hour open center that they are
able to turn to,” Minaker said. “The main message is that following Home Front
authority instructions saves lives. Fortunately, residents here are accustomed
to and know how to act during an incident of alarm and therefore the number of
injuries in the region is very low compared to the number of missiles that
Although safe rooms offer protection to some in the area, many
communities do not have them, and when Kassams strike, the region is not covered
by the Iron Dome defense system, according to Minaker.
communities when there is an alarm, there is nowhere to go,” she said. “Parents
rush to their children and lie down on them, because this is the only way to
Despite the current attacks, the council plans to begin
school on September 1 as scheduled, particularly because all educational
institutions are protected and are often safer than homes, Minaker
“We see great importance in maintaining a routine and enabling
our children to live normal lives,” she said.
The council has been in
touch with the Prime Minister’s Office, the Public Security Ministry, the
Defense Ministry and military officials, and is awaiting a government decision
to protect all buildings within 7 kilometers of the Gaza Strip from rockets, as
well as the approval of the expansion of Road 232, which is filled with 500
trucks daily carting equipment and food to the Gaza Strip and disrupts the lives
of residents, Minaker said.