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Southern Israelis Told to Evacuate in Case of Conflict

IDF soldiers instruct residents of southern Israel (Photo: flickr/IDF)

While the Israeli military continues to uncover Hamas' terror tunnels and provide protection for Israelis who live near the Gaza border, the region remains potentially very dangerous. The Times of Israel reports that Israel has instructed its southern residents to be prepared for evacuation in case conflict should arise:

Southern residents living near the Gaza Strip received instructions on Tuesday to evacuate their residences in the event of emergency, including a call to have packed bags ready, amid simmering tensions along the Gaza border following increased IDF efforts to uncover Hamas’s cross-border attack tunnels in recent weeks.

In a letter by response organizations working under the Defense Ministry, residents were told that “in the event of an emergency, there is a decision to completely evacuate,” and were given clear instructions on which other communities to reach for safety if needed.

Residents were told to prepare a bag with necessities, and in the event of an emergency situation to “lock all doors, close the windows and the blinds, take personal weapons and any pets, along with food, and turn off the gas valve,” Channel 2 reported Tuesday...

Residents of Israeli communities near the border have repeatedly demanded increased security and army presence on their perimeters, but the army has insisted that regular troop deployment along the border was enough to guarantee civilians’ safety.

Earlier this month, Israel uncovered another Hamas attack tunnel burrowing into Israeli territory from the Gaza Strip. It was the second such tunnel discovered in a month. The second tunnel, slated for destruction, was 28 meters (90 feet) deep and was located just a few kilometers from the location of another tunnel discovered and destroyed last month, the army said.

Israeli troops and Hamas forces engaged in a series of fire exchanges in the days following the discovery, which threatened to spiral into another conflict...

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