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Ashkelon resident laments lack of shelters: ‘We rely on Iron Dome and luck’

A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip that directly struck an apartment building in Ashkelon on May 11, 2021. (Flash90)
A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip that directly struck an apartment building in Ashkelon on May 11, 2021. (Flash90)

Guy Mann, who lives in Ashkelon near a building that suffered a direct hit, tells Army Radio that many residents of the city do not have access to shelters.

“I was woken with by a big explosion which was extremely intense,” he tells Army Radio. “The house is not protected and it is not realistic to get to the neighborhood shelters, especially when the barrages are so continuous. We can only rely on the Iron Dome [missile defense system] and luck.”

Residents of the city, particularly the southern neighborhoods, have complained for years that the older buildings do not have reinforced areas and that communal shelters are insufficient.

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