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South's communities try to resume normalcy

Schools across Gaza vicinity communities to open doors Thursday amid security concerns over rocket fire. Students ordered to remain close to shelters

Ilana Curiel
Published: 10.24.12, 20:15 / Israel News

The Gaza vicinity communities have decided to resume the normal operation of the area's schools Thursday, amid security concerns over the escalation in the south.


Over 70 rockets and mortar shells were fired at the western Negev on Wednesday, prompting the area's regional councils to suspend school in favor of the students' safety.


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On Wednesday night, the Eshkol, Sha'ar Hanegev, Sdot Negev and Hof Ashkelon regional councils announced schools will be open as usual on Thursday.


Sapir collage announced it will resume operations as well.


The Home Front Command's directive ordering residents and students to stay within close proximity to shelters, stands.


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak toured the Iron Dome battery stationed near Ashkelon Wednesday, and vowed to complete the fortification of 1,700 homes located near the Gaza border.


Netanyahu said he will present the government with the NIS 220 million (roughly $57 million) plan on Sunday.


"I've decided to endorse the recommendations presented by the defense and home front defense ministers to complete the area's fortification," he said.


Shahar Chai contributed to this report



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