Report: Intel on planned massive salvo on Tel Aviv led to nixing of work Tuesday

The rare and drastic measure taken by authorities Tuesday to cancel work and school in central Israel following the assassination of a top Gaza terrorist leader was taken due to intelligence pointing to an expected massive rocket barrage targeting the region, Haaretz reports.

Sources involved in the decision-making process tell the paper that at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, about two hours after the IDF hit on Islamic Jihad’s Baha Abu al-Ata, the military got word of plans for major salvos on the Gush Dan region, which includes Tel Aviv, just as residents were headed to their places of employment and study.

A snap decision was made to cancel work and school in order to prevent civilians from being caught in a hailstorm of rockets while in transit, they say.

Tel Aviv’s Ha’Bimah Square almost empty of visitors after the IDF closes schools and temporarily stops non-essential work in the city (Melanie Lidman/Times of Israel)

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