⚠️ IDF prepares for escalation closing schools, roads and train lines near the Gaza border

BREAKING: The IDF Home Front Command issued fresh guidelines for residents of southern Israel and ordered the closure of schools, roads and train lines adjacent to the Gaza border following the ongoing escalation and concerns over possible anti-tank fire.

Educational institutions were closed in Ashkelon, Netivot and Sderot as well as in Hof Ashkelon, Eshkol, Sdot HaNegev and Sha’ar HaNegev regional councils. Approximately 65,000 students will not attend classes today.

Trains between Ashkelon and Beer Sheva were suspended and the train stations in Sderot, Ofakim and Netivot were closed.

The areas and roads that are blocked are all agricultural access roads west of Highway 232, and the following roads will also be closed in both directions: road 4 – from Zikim Junction to the intersection of Kibbutz Nir Am; route 34 – from Yad Mordechai Junction to Kibbutz Erez; and road  232 – from Levelsim Junction to the junction of Kfar Aza.

Mass events in the area can only take place in closed buildings and must be limited to 300 people.

Residents are also discouraged from going to work in the area unless absolutely necessary.

The IDF targeted Islamic Jihad terror targets in both Syria and Gaza in response to massive barrages of rockets fired at Israeli civilians yesterday.

Earlier, the IDF deployed additional Iron Dome missile defense batteries in central and southern Israel as preparation for a possible escalation and rocket attacks following the elimination of two Islamic Jihad terrorists who were planting bombs near the security border fence.

At least six Muslim terrorists were eliminated in Israeli airstrikes targeting Islamic Jihad facilities in Damascus. Two of the eliminated terrorists were members of the Islamic Jihad terror group and four others were Iranian-backed terrorists, a war monitor said.