Bracing for rocket attacks, Rishon Lezion opens bomb shelters in city

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

The central city of Rishon Lezion says it is opening public bomb shelters, anticipating rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip.

“Rishon Lezion is not currently within the alert range of the Home Front Command, and despite this, I instructed tonight to open all the shelters throughout the city, so that Rishon Lezion will be prepared for any situation or escalation if there is one,” says Mayor Raz Kinstlich.

“We don’t know if the situation will escalate and I’m not ready to take unnecessary risks,” he adds.

The Israel Defense Forces has not issued any special instructions to residents following rocket attacks from Gaza and Lebanon. The IDF is expected to respond to the recent rocket fire, following a security cabinet meeting.

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