Photo: Niv Calderon
Preparing bomb shelters (archives)
Photo: Niv Calderon

Northerners prepare for possible attacks

Gaza operation and deteriorating situation in southern Israel prompt northern communities to prepare for possible attacks. Kiryat Shmona, other towns inspect bomb shelters, Ziv Medical Centers instructs staff to stay nearby

In light of the fighting in southern Israel, northern residents have begun preparing themselves for the worst. Kiryat Shmona Mayor Nissim Malka ordered that all the public bomb shelters in the city be inspected.


Malka has been in contact with senior officers in the Northern Command and has been informed that as of yet, residents can keep up their daily routines.


Other northern communities have also learned their lessons from the Second Lebanon War, and Safed Mayor Ilan Shohat also ordered all bomb shelters be inspected and should be up to code.


"The last war left a bad taste in residents' mouths due to the way things were handled in the city," said Shohat. "I hope we don't repeat the experience, but in any case we should make the security matter top priority."


The Upper Galilee Regional Council has 700 bomb shelters, and Council Head Aharon Valensi said that since the 2006 war the shelters have been renovated and were prepared for any scenario.


Safed's Ziv Medical Center has also raised its level of alert due to the situation in the south. Medical teams have been instructed to stay in the vicinity near the hospital, and the underground facility's preparedness has also been inspected.


Meanwhile, northern communities have been preparing to host Gaza vicinity families. The Marom Golan kibbutz has offered to put up families in the kibbutz's guest houses, and the Galilee tourism forum has been cooperating with southern sources to take in families residing in the conflict zone.


"The southern residents are in the same situation we were in in the summer of 2006, and we have come together to help in any way that may make this difficult time easier on them," said Mair Levi of the Galilee tourism forum.


פרסום ראשון: 12.28.08, 19:14
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