Renovating Bomb Shelters

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BOMB SHELTERS – WHAT FOR?

For close to ten years, the south of Israel has sustained major casualties as a result of continuous rocket attacks from nearby Gaza

Over 10,000 missiles have targeted the “Gaza envelope” region;  Sderot, just minutes from the border, has suffered from nearly daily rocket fire

During Operation Cast Lead (2008-9) rockets ravaged the area, killing, maiming, and destroying property

During the Second Lebanon War in 2006, Israel’s north came under unprecedented rocket bombardment

The current instability among Israel’s neighbors underscores the need to be prepared for every eventuality

WHY IS IT NECESSARY TO RENOVATE BOMB SHELTERS?

Old buildings lack protected rooms that are mandatory for all new construction

Over the years, public shelters that were constructed in the early days of the State have fallen into a bad state of disrepair and lack basic amenities

With increased Palestinian rearming and ever more sophistical weaponry, rural settlements as well as cities such as Beer Sheva, Ashkelon, and Ashdod have come within rocket range of Gaza terrorists;  the range of fire from Israel’s northern neighbors has similarly increased

HOW DOES IT WORK?

New electrical systems, emergency lighting, and ventilation will be installed

Water and plumbing infrastructures and washroom facilities will be built

Foundations and walls will be reinforced

WHOM DO THEY HELP?

Israel’s civilian population – Jews, Arabs, Christians, and minorities

Over one million residents of the north and one million residents of the south who are within rocket fire range