Photo Credit: Abed Rahim Khatib / Flash 90
Smoke from a rocket launch in Gaza. Nov. 13, 2019

In response to heavy rocket fire from Gaza, the IDF Home Front Command has issued instructions to residents in areas around the Gaza border, central (including Be’er Sheva) and western Negev, the southern Shefela region and Lachish.

In accordance with the instructions issued shortly after 7 pm:

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1. Open-space events and gatherings in the above areas are approved only up to 10 people, and indoors only up to 50 people, on condition they can reach a correctly protected space during a Red Alert.

2. Tomorrow, Tuesday 11.5.21, there will be no studies, including the special education and formal education in the above areas.

3. Employees are allowed to go to their work places only if there is a safe space close by, in the above areas.

The instructions remain in effect until Tuesday at 6 pm.

The IDF noted that the mayors of Rishon Lezion, Ness Ziona, Rehovot, Bat Yam and Holon have also canceled school for Tuesday, even though Home Front Command had not issued an order to do so.

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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.