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Ashkelon opens public bomb shelters

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

The city of Ashkelon opens all its public bomb shelters after terror groups in the Gaza Strip threaten to attack Israel unless security forces are removed from parts of Jerusalem.

The move is made at the discretion of the mayor, not as a result of a direct request from the military.

“Despite the fact that we have not received an official request to do so, we decided to act on this issue out of an abundance of caution,” Mayor Tomer Glam says.

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