Photo Credit: Kobi Richter / TPS
An Israel Railways train awaits in the Nahariya station in northern Israel.

The Israeli Transportation Ministry has announced that trains are resuming operation this weekend, beginning on Sunday, May 17.

Transportation Minister Bezalel Smotrich said Wednesday night that his office has made an agreement with the Health Ministry to allow some lines to resume, albeit not all of them yet.

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There will be some changes in the routes, and so far no service on Fridays or Saturday nights.

There will be no limit to the number of passengers per train car – as in specific requirement for social distancing – but Israel Railway authorities will nevertheless be focusing on the need for maintaining hygiene and distance at all times, the ministry said.

There will be more changes and more lines renewing operations under strict guidelines from the Health Ministry, “if all goes 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.