Daily Israel Report

IDF Releases Guide for Civilians as Rockets Wound 6

The IDF has released guidelines for civilians in Israel's south as Gaza terror escalates. Six wounded in attack on yeshiva.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 8/19/2011, 10:19 AM

Kassam rocket
Kassam rocket
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The IDF released guidelines for civilians in southern Israel on Friday morning, as Gaza terrorists fired on Be'er Sheva and Ashdod.

Among the guidelines: no gatherings of more than 500 people. Many events scheduled to take place in the south have been canceled. Events in Ashkelon and Ashdod were canceled from Thursday night after terrorists fired three rockets.

In addition, the IDF called for classes normally held in “soft” buildings such as caravans to be canceled. Only classes in concrete buildings, with concrete ceilings, should continue as planned.

The warning was issued for the cities of Gadera, Ofakim, Rahat, Netivot, Kiryat Malachi, Kiryat Gat, Lehavim, Bnei Ayish, and Yavne as well as Be'er Sheva, Sderot, Ashdod and Ashkelon. The former cities have not been targeted recently, but are known to be within rocket range of Gaza.

The army issued instructions in case of a rocket alert siren:

Those who are in a building should enter a reinforced room (mamad), a bomb shelter, or if they cannot reach either in time, an inner room. Doors and windows should be closed.

Those who are outdoors should enter a nearby building. If there is no building nearby, they should lie on the ground and cover their heads with their hands.

Those who are driving should pull over and enter a nearby building. If there is not enough time to do so, they should pull over, lie on the ground, and cover their heads with their hands. If they cannot exit the vehicle, they should pull over to the side of the road and wait for 10 minutes.

Barring orders to the contrary, it is safe to leave shelter 10 minutes after a rocket alert sounds.

Gaza terrorists fired on Ashkelon on Thursday. The rockets were shot down by the Iron Dome system and failed to cause injury.

Terrorists attacked again on Friday morning, targeting Be'er Sheva and Ashdod. A Grad missile hit a courtyard at an Ashdod yeshiva, wounding six men. One sustained serious injuries, while another was in moderate condition.