Photo Credit: Miriam Alster / Flash 90
Israeli children play by a colorfully painted public bomb shelter, in the southern Israeli kibbutz of Nahal Oz. July 6 2015

Due to the escalation of tensions along the southern border late Saturday night, Israeli authorities increased the alert status in its security and emergency systems.

Cautionary guidelines were issued to residents of the Gaza Belt area communities, and bomb shelters were reportedly being opened in the town of Ofakim.

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In addition, unconfirmed sources said public shelters were being opened in the Negev city of Be’er Sheva as well.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.
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