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      Anger in Ashdod: Where's Iron Dome?

      Residents of the southern city demand that the anti-missile battery be stationed nearby.
      By Gil Ronen
      First Publish: 1/20/2014, 9:11 AM

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      Four days after Gaza terrorists fired six rockets at Ashkelon – five of which were intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-misile system – many residents of nearby Ashdod have turned to Arutz Sheva to complain that the IDF has not seen fit to protect their city with an Iron Dome anti-missile battery.

      Ashdod residents also scurried to their bomb shelters when the "Color Red" sirens sounded last week, but unlike the residents of Ashkelon, which is just a few kilometers closer to Gaza on the Mediterranean coast, did not have the protection of the Iron Dome system, in the event they were targeted.

      Following the elimination of an Islamic Jihad terrorist by the Israel Air Force (IAF) Sunday, the Ashdod municipality decided to cancel studies Monday in all of the schools that are not fortified against missiles. Many parents were asked to collect their children from school in the early afternoon Sunday.

      The parents say that the absence of Iron Dome protection makes it impossible for the mayor of Ashkelon to allow studies in unfortified schools.

      "It is too bad that this government doesn't care about an entire city – the fifth largest city in Israel,” accused one of the residents of Ashdod's “City” quarter. “Iron Dome already exists, it has been proven to save lives, and yet – it takes several dozen missiles being fired and the sirens going off in the city, for the IDF to understand that it needs to deploy Iron Dome here. Why isn't it stationed here on a permanent basis?”

      Another resident, from the Gimel quarter, said that his children are traumatized just by hearing that school has been cancelled Monday, and are already mentally preparing for the next round of missile fire. “They don't want to hear about alarms, and keep asking if Iron Dome has been deployed. They are extraordinarily up-to-date on the developments and are afraid. It's too bad that the government is not aware of these things.”