Photo Credit: Yonatan Sindel / Flash 90
Israeli school children sit in bomb shelters equipped by donors, waiting for the rocket fire to end. (Archive: June 2, 2015.)

The IDF Home Front Command announced Monday evening that following a situation assessment, the local authorities in southern Israel have been instructed to keep the schools closed for another day due to the ongoing rocket attacks still being fired from Gaza.

As a result, classes are cancelled in all educational settings in the following cities and districts:
Ashkelon, Netivot, Sderot
Ashkelon Beach Regional Council district
Eshkol Regional Council district
Sdot Regional Council district, and
Shaar HaNegev Regional Council district.


No educational activities are to be allowed in the above areas. Gatherings and events can only be held with a maximum of 300 people, and only inside a building. No events can be held outside at this time.

It is permitted to go to a place of employment ONLY if there is a protected space that can be reached within the time before rocket impact.

These instructions are in effect until 8 pm Tuesday evening.


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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, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.