Ashkelon opening public bomb shelters in case of further rockets from Gaza

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

A public bomb shelter in Ashkelon being opened April 6, 2023. (Courtesy)
A public bomb shelter in Ashkelon being opened April 6, 2023. (Courtesy)

The southern coastal city of Ashkelon says it is opening public bomb shelters, anticipating further rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip.

Recent days have seen rocket attacks on southern Israel. Earlier today, 34 rockets were launched from Lebanon at northern Israel, in an attack blamed on the Gaza-based Hamas terror group.

“Following the escalation in the south during the past day and following a situation assessment conducted by the municipality, the mayor of Ashkelon, Tomer Glam, ordered the opening of bomb shelters throughout the city, and they are now open for use if necessary,” the city says in a statement.

The Israel Defense Forces has not issued any special instructions to residents.

The IDF is expected to respond against the Gaza Strip and Lebanon following today’s rocket attack, as well as another overnight attack from the Palestinian enclave.

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