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Ashkelon mayor: 25% of residents don’t have access to a shelter

An Ashkelon home hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip on May 11, 2021 (Flash90)
An Ashkelon home hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip on May 11, 2021 (Flash90)

The row over the lack of shelters in Ashkelon continues, with the city’s mayor saying that 25% of residents don’t have access to a protected area when rockets are fired at the city.

“It is impossible when normal life becomes a state of emergency within minutes. It is time to strike Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad with a hard blow,” Tomer Glam tells Army Radio. “There are houses from the 1960s where there is no basic protection — it is time for finance officials and decision makers to understand what is happening here in the city.”

Earlier, a resident told the outlet that when the sirens wail he relies on “Iron Dome and luck.”

Ashkleon has been hit with multiple barrages of rockets, with one projectile hitting a home in the early hours of Tuesday, wounding six people, including four members of the same family. The father was seriously hurt with a head wound, and his wife and children aged 8 and 11 sustained light injuries from shrapnel.

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