IDF lifts restrictions on Gaza border towns, possibly indicating escalation is over

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

The Home Front Command has lifted restrictions on residents of towns close to the border with the Gaza Strip.

Earlier this morning, the military instructed residents to remain close to bomb shelters, anticipating further rocket attacks from Gaza.

Local officials tell residents that the restrictions have now been lifted.

Several Hebrew media outlets cite anonymous Israeli estimates that unless more projectiles are launched at Israel, the current round of fighting might be over.

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