Photo: Niv Calderon
IDF Home Front Command Chief Major-General Yitzhak Gershon
Photo: Niv Calderon

Home Front Command: Return to routine in north

Army announces return to normalcy in northern Israel following truce declaration; factories in area to operate in accordance with safety guidelines and with Home Front Command authorization; total of 3,790 rockets landed in northern communities during war

Following a security assessment the IDF Home Front Command announced Monday that northern Israel communities may return to routine but refrain from holding youth activities and summer camps.


Factories in the area will operate in accordance with safety guidelines and with Home Front Command authorization.


Police data shows that during the 34 days of fighting a total of 3,790 rockets landed in northern communities, including 907 that landed in urban areas. The barrages hurt a total of 2,015 people, including 52 Israelis that died in the attacks. At this time, 40 of those wounded are in serious condition, 59 suffer from moderate wounds, 549 are lightly injured, and the rest suffered from shock. The data shows most rockets landed between 3 and 4 p.m.


The northern town of Kiryat Shmona and its vicinity sustained most of the damage, with a total of 1,012 rockets landing there. Another 808 rockets landed in the Nahariya region.


Meanwhile, seven long-range rockets landed in Afula, six in Beit She'an, two each in Tirat HaCarmel and Hadera, and one in Zichron Yaakov.


Organized vacations for police


On Sunday, top police officials convened a meeting to summarize the war. During the session it was reported that Police Chief Moshe Karadi decided to continue reinforcing the police presence in the northern district in order to assist the tens of thousands of residents expected to return home in the coming days.


Police officials are expecting heavy traffic jams and reports about break-ins and thefts to pile up.


The police district commander also directed sappers to use their resources in an effort to identify rockets that failed to explode. According to police data some duds are still in the region as well as rocket and missile parts that can pose danger to the public.


On a brighter note for police, officers who worked long hours during the war will start heading on organized vacations with their relatives. The vacationing officers will be replaced by police forces from other districts across the country.


Sharon Roffe-Ofir contributed to this report


פרסום ראשון: 08.14.06, 20:04
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