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Conditions in Beersheba during the current onslaught of Gazan rockets are
unbearable and made worse by the shortage of protected areas in the city’s
school, Deputy Mayor Dr. Heftsi Zohar said on Saturday.
the schools in Beersheba don’t have enough shelters or safe areas, so we have
decided to cancel classes for tomorrow [Sunday]. Most have secure spaces, but
not enough,” Zohar said.
She added that she doesn’t know of any
government plans to build more bomb shelters in the city.
Zohar said that
commercial areas would stay open, but that “life does not go on as normal even
though this is our regular life these days, unfortunately.”
She said the
situation in Beersheba is unbearable, and that the rockets “affect the lives of
over 100,000 citizens, especially children, who are living under terror.”
She appealed to the government to increase the construction of safe rooms and
bomb shelters, and to increase coverage from the Iron Dome anti-rocket system
for the Beersheba area.
When asked if she is calling for the army to send
ground forces into the Gaza Strip, Zohar said she is confident that “the IDF
knows what needs to be done to affect quiet.”
The IDF Home Front Command
along with the heads of a number of local authorities in the South gave the
order on Saturday night to cancel school in all communities located between 7
km. and 40 km. from the Gaza Strip.
The closure applies to
Ashkelon, Ashdod, Beersheba, Netivot, Sderot, Kiryat Malachi, Gedera, Rahat,
Yavne, Lakiya and the Gan Yavne Regional Council.
Schools in the western
Negev that are within 7 km.
of the Gaza Strip will hold classes as usual,
as their buildings have the necessary reinforcement to protect them against