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May 6, 2019 10:02 am

Some Schools Reopen as Ceasefire Appears to Take Effect

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The scene where an apartment building was hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip in Ashkelon, southern Israel, on May 5, 2019. Photo: Noam Rivkin Fenton/Flash90. – The IDF eased security restrictions in Beersheva, Ashdod, Ashkelon and the Gaza periphery Monday morning, all but confirming the institution of a ceasefire between Gaza leadership and Israel.

Since the latest round of rocket fire from Gaza began on Saturday, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad have launched some 700 rockets at Israeli civilian population centers. Four Israelis have been killed and 234 people treated for injuries and trauma at Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon and Soroka Medical Center in Beersheva.

Beersheva, Ashdod and the Bnei Shimon Regional Council decided to reopen schools on Monday, and the Be’er Tuvia Regional Council east of Ashdod decided to start school an hour later than usual. Ben-Gurion University of the Negev announced classes would only begin at 12:00 p.m.

The Ashkelon Municipality and the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council to the north of Gaza decided their schools would not be opened on Monday.

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The terms of the ceasefire, which allegedly began at 4:30 am,  were not publicized. Israel reportedly responded throughout the barrage by striking Hamas observation posts, warehouses and weapons facilities in Gaza.

Reports from Gaza indicate that 23 Gazans were killed and 60 wounded in the Israeli strikes.

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