Ashkelon to open bomb shelters amid escalating tensions with Gaza

BREAKING: The city of Ashkelon has decided to open public bomb shelters after a situation assessment with security officials.

City inspectors will be opening and checking out all of the public shelters, leaving them open overnight as a precaution.

The decision was made based on intelligence assessments and declarations made by leaders of terrorist groups in Gaza ahead of Israel’s plan to apply sovereignty over Jewish communities.

Ashkelon Mayor Tomer Glam assembled emergency officials and directed them to prepare for the possibility of an escalation and rocket fire from Gaza.

Overnight, Hamas launched more than 24 rockets into the sea as a part of a drill aimed to show ‘strength’ as the terror group threatens Israel.

Hamas and other terror groups called for a ‘day of rage’ today in Gaza City, with thousands of terror-sympathizers gathering to protest the sovereignty plan.

Yahya Sinwar, a Muslim terrorist who was freed in the Shalit terrorists release and is now the leader of Hamas, was seen wearing a mask at the rally in Gaza City.

According to President Trump’s Mideast peace plan unveiled in January, the US will recognize an Israeli application of sovereignty over parts of the Jordan Valley, Judea and Samaria after July 1, a move expected to enjoy backing from a majority of lawmakers in the Knesset.