Gaza rockets prevent Israelis from returning to school

Sunday, January 11, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff  

Israeli children tried to return to school in the southern city of Beersheva on Sunday morning, but were quickly sent back home when missiles from Gaza began slamming into their neighborhoods.

One missile hit a car, wounding two people and sending three others into shock. Two more missiles hit Beersheva during the morning hours.

Later in the day, rockets also hit the southern coastal city of Ashkelon and nearby communities.

Israel's Home Front Command still hopes to reopen most schools in Beersheva this week, noting that military operations in Gaza had started to decrease the rocket threat, and that early warning systems were now all fully operational.

Nevertheless, those schools closest to Gaza were expected to hold all classes in cramped bomb shelters instead of the more vulnerable regular classrooms.

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