News Brief 3/23/2011, Adar Bet 17, 5771
Southern Israel Shuts Down
Schools and daycare centers will be closed Thursday in Be'er Sheva, Ashdod, and Ashkelon, the three major Israeli cities closest to Gaza. All three cities were targeted Wednesday by Gaza terrorists, who fired dozens of rockets during the day, some of which contained phosphorus.
In addition, sellers at the Ashdod market were told to close their stands and go home, and were informed that the marketplace should remain closed on Thursday as well, for the first time since the counter-terror Cast Lead operation in 2009.