School canceled in southern, central Israel for rest of the week

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's religions and Diaspora affairs correspondent.

The Israel Defense Forces announces it is canceling school in central and southern Israel for the rest of the week, meaning roughly 1 million children will again stay home amid ongoing fighting between Israel and terror groups in the Gaza Strip.

All schools south of Netanya and north of the central Negev are to be closed and businesses can only be opened if there is ready access to bomb shelters, the military says.

Gatherings are also restricted to 10 people outdoors and 100 people indoors in those areas, the IDF Home Front Command says.

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