The grad rocket fired at Beersheba Wednesday is once again planting fear among Negev residents, including in the Gaza vicinity communities. Security officers in some of these communities instructed kindergarten teachers on Friday not to allow the children to go outside during the day because of the rocket threat.
The Home Front Command directed Gaza vicinity residents to remain alert during the weekend following the first grad rocket fired at Beersheba since the end of Operation Cast Lead over two years ago. The rocket caused damage to property and was met by an IDF attack on the Gaza Strip.
The Darom Adom Festival will go on as planned despite security concerns. Nearly 100,000 people visited the Gaza vicinity area in the past few weeks to take part in the festival and just last week nearly 50,000 people came to see the windflower blossoming.
The festival, held at the Eshkol Regional Council, is slated to run for two more weeks.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak visited the site where the grad rocket hit. He was greeted by people chanting: "Akirov (buildings) will soon fall too."
When asked when the Iron Dome Defense System - designed to intercept short-range rockets and artillery shells - will be implemented, Barak explained that "a constant and unceasing battle is going on along the Gaza Strip."
He added that the IDF has been very successful in preventing rockets from being fired into other areas across Israel.
Shmulik Hadad, Ilana Curiel and Yair Altman contributed to this report
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