Updated on 6 May 2019
At approximately 10:00 (local time), on 4 May, Hamas militants in Gaza began a rocket barrage that has yet to cease as of 16:00 (local time), 5 May, with more than 450 short-range rockets fired into southern Israel territories.
So far, four civilian deaths have been reported in Israel. Several injuries have also been reported.
Israel military forces began retaliatory air and ground strikes on Hamas targets in Gaza following the initial attacks and reported a continuation of strikes on Hamas targets until a ceases fire deal is reached.
Southern Israel is actively under Red Alert until further notice, with the majority of targeted areas reported along or within 15 miles east of the Gaza border. Verified bomb shelters are currently open in Ashkelon, along with all shelters near Gaza.
After a 48-hour armed conflict between Israel and Gaza, officials reported a ceasefire deal was reached at 04:30 (local time) on Monday, 6 May. Public transportation and Ben Gurion Airport are operating normally.
Mitigating Measures to Consider Applying:
Monitor local media closely for updates and warnings (IDF Twitter provides situational updates)
Familiarize yourself with the location of the nearest rocket shelter
Listen for sirens and take them seriously (30-60 seconds is all the warning you will receive)
Download the app “Red Alert Israel” for your phone to warn of incoming rocket fire
Avoid the Gaza Strip
Use caution and remain aware of your surroundings
Check airports for flight delays or cancellations
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