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News and updates about Ofakim

Husband of 'Rachel from Ofakim' passes away

The couple became a viral sensation online with the story of how Rachel served Hamas terrorists cookies while waiting for security forces to rescue them.

Husband of 'Rachel from Ofakim' passes away

Police find Hamas motorcycle in private house

As part of the ongoing operation to find all remains of the October 7th massacre, the Israel Police have located a Hamas motorcycle and remains of Hamas weaponry in a private house in southern Israel.

Police find Hamas motorcycle in private house

The Israel Police's battle for Ofakim

New footage and radio recordings detail how the outnumbered officers of the Ofakim police station fought the Hamas invasion on October 7th, many with only handguns against Kalashnikovs and RPGs.

The Israel Police's battle for Ofakim

Grandmother reveals the recipe she used when Hamas attacked

Rachel Ederi offered cookies to the terrorists who took her and her husband hostage. Now she has decided to share the recipe with the world.

Grandmother reveals the recipe she used when Hamas attacked

Otzma Yehudit MK: 'The battle stays with me in my dreams'

MK Almog Cohen says he is still suffering psychological trauma from the Hamas invasion, during which he fought to defend Ofakim.

Otzma Yehudit MK: 'The battle stays with me in my dreams'

Support the residents of Ofakim

Many of them have at least one family member fighting for their lives in the hospital.

Support the residents of Ofakim

“They ran from home, with nothing”

Living through the October 7th massacre has changed them forever.

“They ran from home, with nothing”

“Terrorists Murdered My Father”

In a brutal instant, seven children became orphans, their world unhinged by an act of unimaginable cruelty.

“Terrorists Murdered My Father”

British Foreign Secretary tours city of Ofakim

British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly, together with Minister Eli Cohen, speaks with residents who were held hostage by Hamas.

British Foreign Secretary tours city of Ofakim

Hostage from Ofakim: "I don't know how we survived"

David Edri, held hostage with his wife by 5 terrorists in their home in Ofakim: "I don't know how we got out alive "

Hostage from Ofakim: "I don't know how we survived"

Starting the Sabbath - by saving a life

Volunteer EMT performed successful CPR in Ofakim in southern Israel on a man who collapsed just before Shabbat began.

Starting the Sabbath - by saving a life

Two seriously injured in fire in Ofakim

Fire breaks out in apartment in Ofakim, west of Be'er Sheva. Paramedics treat two victims.

Two seriously injured in fire in Ofakim

Owner of dogs which mauled 8-year-old girl arrested

8-year-old girl mauled by pack of 10 dogs in southern Israel recalls harrowing attack. 'I tried to call for my father, but I couldn't.'

Owner of dogs which mauled 8-year-old girl arrested

7-year-old girl mauled by pack of dogs in southern Israel

Israeli girl hospitalized in moderate condition after being attacked by pack of dogs in town of Ofakim in the western Negev.

7-year-old girl mauled by pack of dogs in southern Israel

Teen's hobby: Dismantling - and stealing - electric bikes

String of thefts of electric bicycles in haredi neighborhood linked to local teen.

Teen's hobby: Dismantling - and stealing - electric bikes

First Afula, now Ofakim: Residents shocked at Bedouin purchases

14 Bedouin families have purchased land in the national-religious community, infuriating locals and freezing sales to Israeli Jews.

First Afula, now Ofakim: Residents shocked at Bedouin purchases

Charges Filed Against Haredi Rabbi for Sexual Assault

Rabbi Shimon Amar of Ofakim named as rabbi arrested two weeks ago for molesting girls who came to him for guidance.

Charges Filed Against Haredi Rabbi for Sexual Assault

Dozens of Palestinian Workers Near Kindergarten, No Security

Parents at Ofakim kindergarten refuse to send their children until guards placed to supervise Arab workers right at the gates.

Dozens of Palestinian Workers Near Kindergarten, No Security

Haredi Rabbi Accused of Sexual Assault

Unnamed rabbi from Ofakim will be brought for a remand hearing in Beersheva on Thursday.

Haredi Rabbi Accused of Sexual Assault

Gaza Rocket Fire Continues Amid Ceasefire Rumors

While Egypt is reportedly working on a ceasefire agreement, Gaza terrorists fire 17 rockets on Israelis.

Gaza Rocket Fire Continues Amid Ceasefire Rumors

Direct Hit on Car in Ofakim: 4 Hurt, One Seriously

Two missiles intercepted by Iron Dome over Tel Aviv.

Direct Hit on Car in Ofakim: 4 Hurt, One Seriously

Zionist Youth Show Solidarity with South

Young Zionist activists travel to southern Israel to show unity with dancing, celebration.

Zionist Youth Show Solidarity with South

Ofakim Shuts Schools, Joining Be'er Sheva

Southern town's mayor agrees with Be'er Sheva's that school should remain closed until rockets stop exploding.

Ofakim Shuts Schools, Joining Be'er Sheva

Southern Israel's Children Have Fun on Ice

Hundreds of children from Ofakim arrive for a day of fun at the Ice Festival in Jerusalem, after a week under the threat of rockets.

Southern Israel's Children Have Fun on Ice

'Missile Threat Not About to End,' Warns Vilna'i

Gaza rocket attacks on southern Israel aren't going to end this year, warned Home Front Command director Matan Vilnai'i.

'Missile Threat Not About to End,' Warns Vilna'i

Men Arrested for Vigilante Defense in Ofakim

Two men in Ofakim are accused of attacking an Arab family. They say the family had harassed local girls for years.

Men Arrested for Vigilante Defense in Ofakim

Gaza Terrorist Killed in IAF Counterstrike

An Islamic Jihad terrorist in Gaza was reportedly killed in an IAF retaliatory strike after at least 7 rockets were fired into Israel.

Gaza Terrorist Killed in IAF Counterstrike

38 Year Old Southern Israeli Victim Leaves Widow in 9th Month

A 38-year-old Ofakim man died Saturday night of wounds sustained in a Gaza missile attack on Be'er Sheva, leaving a pregnant wife.

38 Year Old Southern Israeli Victim Leaves Widow in 9th Month