IDF issues new restrictions on northern towns

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

The military’s Home Front Command issues restrictions for residents of towns in northern Israel, as tensions rise, following an exchange of fire on the Lebanon border earlier.

Businesses in towns along the Lebanon border and in the Golan Heights can only be opened if they have ready access to bomb shelters, the military says.

Gatherings are also restricted to 30 people outdoors and 300 people indoors in those areas, the IDF Home Front Command says.

Public beaches are closed as well, it says.

Schools across the entire country are already closed, due to restrictions the Home Front Command issued following Hamas’s attack on Israel from the Gaza Strip.

The restrictions are valid until Tuesday at 6 p.m., but will likely be extended further due to ongoing fighting.

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