As some families flee Gaza border area, municipalities look to help
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As some families flee Gaza border area, municipalities look to help

Sha’ar Hanegev council, Efrat mayor among those urging residents of the north and center of the country to host rocket-battered southern residents

People gather outside a house that was hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon, on November 13, 2018 (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
People gather outside a house that was hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon, on November 13, 2018 (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

Dozens of Israeli families have fled communities near the Gaza Strip in light of the ongoing fusillade from the coastal enclave, despite reports that Palestinian factions have agreed to cease the rocket fire.

A spokesperson for the Sha’ar Hanegev region of southern Israel said Tuesday that approximately 60 families have left the area of their own volition from rocket-battered communities that saw some 400 rockets launched at them throughout Monday and into Tuesday.

The Ynet news site reported that 90 more families from other regions in the Gaza periphery have also left for quieter parts of the country, with many parents concerned for their children’s safety and mental health.

The Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council opened a phone hotline for people in central and northern Israel to offer to open their homes to the families looking for a temporary respite from the rocket fire.

Oded Revivi, the mayor of the Efrat settlement south of Jerusalem, announced the city was putting together a “database of possible places to sleep in the Jerusalem area and its surroundings.”

In a post on Facebook, he noted that “there are many residents of the Gaza border region who are looking for a place to spend the night more quietly, to let their children breathe easier and relax.”

Revivi also urged residents to let the contact people know about hostels, field schools, and other institutions that might be approached and urged to host families fleeing the violence near Gaza.

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People interested in hosting Sha’ar Hanegev residents can call or send a message to Hezi at 054-675-5125, a spokesperson for the regional council said Tuesday.

Additionally, residents of the Jerusalem region can to send their names, addresses, contact information, and number of available beds to Tahel at phone number 052-555-2750 or Rachel at number 052-744-4120.

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