ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 139

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Gallant declares emergency situation in south, center; gatherings restricted

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

Israeli firefighters extinguish fire after a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip hit a parking lot in Ashkelon, Oct. 7, 2023. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)
Israeli firefighters extinguish fire after a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip hit a parking lot in Ashkelon, Oct. 7, 2023. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

Defense Minister Yoav Gallant has declared an emergency situation within a range of 80 kilometers from the Gaza Strip, his office says.

The “special situation” allows the military’s Home Front Command to restrict gatherings and close off areas.

The area includes the major cities Tel Aviv and Beersheba.

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