israel invests billions of dollars in security, but the construction of bomb shelters doesn’t appear to be on top of the country’s agenda, and reports suggest that a third of the Jewish state’s population lacks basic protection from missiles emanating from Gaza or Hezbollah in the north.
As Israel’s “Operation Guardian of the Walls” enters its ninth day, the Jewish state is counting the lives that have been lost in the confrontation with Hamas, an Islamic group that controls the Gaza Strip.
So far, the tensions have claimed the lives of 10 Israelis, most were killed by missiles or shrapnel that emanated from the coastal enclave. Most died because they failed to reach a bomb shelter.
Basic Protection Needed
Yariv Sandalon, a former IDF officer who currently serves as the Director of Security and Emergency Services in Petah Tikva, a city in the centre of israel that has been facing a barrage of rockets, says casualties can be avoided if the population adheres to the strict measures of the Home Front Command.
One of the most important rules the military advocates for is the need to look for a protected area, ideally a bomb shelter, or a special secure room inside a house.
Residents of Petah Tikva, as well as other surrounding towns and cities, including Tel Aviv, have a minute and a half to reach a secure area before rockets from Gaza hit the area.
Apart from time being scarce, finding a bomb shelter can also prove to be challenging too.
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