IDF orders cancellation of Sderot concert amid tensions following rocket fire

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

Rocket damage to a house in the Israeli city of Sderot is seen on April 7, 2023. (Flash90)
Rocket damage to a house in the Israeli city of Sderot is seen on April 7, 2023. (Flash90)

The Sderot municipality says a planned concert this evening in the southern city has been canceled on orders of the head of the IDF Southern Command due to heightened tensions following recent rocket fire from the Gaza Strip.

In a statement, the city says, “In the last few days our routine was disrupted by the terror organizations, a house was damaged and residents were injured and needed medical treatment.”

“We are in tense times security-wise, and therefore, with all our great desire to celebrate Passover with the excellent artist Hanan Ben Ari in a concert at the municipal stadium, the commander of the Southern Command, Maj. Gen. Eliezer Toledano, instructed us not to hold the concert in order to take extra precautions,” it says.

There are no special instructions issued by the military’s Home Front Command following the launching of dozens of rockets from the Strip over the past week.


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