By COLlive reporter
The Chabad Yeshiva Ketana in the Southern Israeli city of Kiryat Gat is relocating to Jerusalem as the country goes on high alert after more than 85 rockets were fired by terrorists in 24 hours.
Israel’s Home Front Command gave the instruction as Hamas fired rockets from Gaza on Monday and hit several major cities in the south. The barrages lightly wounded two Israelis and caused property damage.
300 students and the faculty, headed by Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Zilberstrom, are moving their studies today to Jerusalem, “until future notice,” the yeshiva told parents.
The Yeshiva, which is part of a educational institute run by Kiryat Gat Chief Rabbi Moshe Havlin, will be learning out of the Chabad shul, a replica of 770, in the Ramat Shlomo neighborhood of northern Jerusalem. It is directed by his brother Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Havlin.
“An alarm went off last night while we were davening Shmona Esre of Maariv,” Rabbi Moshe Havlin told COLlive.com. “No one ran out and we have not had another alarm since, but the security forces don’t want to take chances.”
The Chabad Yeshiva Gedola in Kiryat Gat, however, was permitted to remain in the city. “Our bochurim work with the local youth and are a positive effect on them during these hard times,” Rabbi Havlin explained.
Rabbi Havlin, who also served as Chief Rabbi of the bombarded city of Sderot near Gaza, says there’s is no protected office he can work out of but is keeping close contact with local authorities and residents.
This is footage of the Iron Dome system intercepting a barrage of rockets fired from Gaza at the Israeli port city of Ashdod.
“Code red” sirens have reportedly been sounded as of 8:30 pm as far as Tel Aviv and in Gush Etzion; rockets could be seen from as far away as Beit Shemesh, just west of Jerusalem, eyewitnesses told Arutz Sheva.
An Askelon woman and her child are being treated for shrapnel injuries and several Ashdod residents were treated for shock.
In Lod, when one siren was sounded, a Lubavitcher Binyomin Mizrachi was involved in a car accident and was rushed to the hospital with severe wounds. Please say Tehillim for Binyomin ben Chaviva and all of Israel’s residents.
At least 1,500 reserve soldiers had been called up for preparatory training for a possible full scale military operation, security officials stated earlier Monday. Hours earlier, photos surfaced showing tanks and IDF forces gathering close to the Gaza border, Arutz Sheva reported.
In combined efforts of both aerial and naval forces, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) targeted overnight approximately 50 terror sites and targets across the Gaza Strip, commencing operation “Protective Edge.”
The operation’s goal is to target Hamas terrorists operating from the Gaza Strip, eliminate their capabilities and destroy terror infrastructure operating against the Israel and its civilians.
Among the targets are 4 activity sites utilized by Hamas operatives who are responsible for numerous rocket attacks and were involved in various terror activities against the Israel.
Since the beginning of 2014, Gaza terrorists have fired more than 450 rockets at innocent Israeli civilians. Rocket fire endangers more than 3.5 million people – about 40% of Israel’s population.
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