One of the rockets slammed into a children’s playgroup in the yard of a school, causing great damage but miraculously no physical injuries.
The specially-equipped room will keep them safe from terrorist missiles that are being aimed at the city.
The instructions issued by the Home Front Command are generally issued at the start of a serious clash with Gaza terrorists.
"I have decided not to take a risk on our children's lives and to cancel education in all educational settings in Ashkelon."
Residents are being advised to stay near their safe spaces.
Iron Dome aerial defense fighters intercepted 13 of the 21 launches in the first barrage, the IDF spokesperson said in a statement.
IDF Iron Dome aerial defense fighters intercepted and shot down 10 of the 20 rockets.
Ashkelon residents reported hearing explosions in various areas of the city but it is not clear what caused the sounds.
The rockets landed in an open space.
The open area alert was the only warning that was triggered.
One launch from Gaza was identified by Israeli military personnel who confirmed it did indeed head towards Israeli territory.
IDF soldiers and other security personnel went to determine if and where a rocket might have landed following the warning siren.
IDF tanks opened fire at two Hamas observation posts in response to the ongoing terror attacks against southern Israel.
Both mortar shells exploded in open fields in Israel after clearing the border from Gaza. No one was physically injured.
As happened last week, a mother and toddler fell and were hurt while racing for for the safety of a bomb shelter.
The siren was activated at around 12 minutes after midnight, sending hundreds of families racing for cover, waking their children to bring them to safety.
There are no physical injuries and no property damage was reported.
Eight projectiles – rockets, mortar shells and explosive – were fired at Israel within the past 24 hours.
Both mother and infant were taken to Soroka Medical Center, a Level One Trauma Center located in Be'er Sheva.
The Red Alert incoming rocket siren blared through multiple communities, forcing parents again to wake their children in order to drag them to safety.
The Red Alert incoming rocket siren blared through multiple communities near the Gaza border at around 11:35 pm Thursday night.
There were no physical injuries and no property damage was reported.
The rocket siren was triggered in the Gaza border community of Nir Am.
This was the first Gazan rocket attack of 2020.
No property damage and no physical injuries were reported.
The siren was triggered in the city of Ashkelon and along the Gaza border.
Once again, miraculously, no one was physically injured and no property damage was reported.
The rocket was intercepted mid-air by the Iron Dome Aerial Defense System.
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"IDF warplanes and aircraft attacked terror targets belonging to the Hamas terror organization in the northern Gaza Strip" in response to the rocket fire.