Southern Israeli Schools Reopen as Gaza Truce Takes Effect

BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 08: Jewish children attend a first grade math class at the Or Avner traditional Jewish school during a visit by Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel David Lau on November 8, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. A recent study released by the European Union Fundamental Rights Agency concludes …
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The Times of Israel reports: The IDF Home Front Command on Tuesday night removed all restrictions on residents of southern Israel, the army said, declaring a “return to normalcy” as an uneasy reported ceasefire with the Hamas terror group appeared to hold after two days of rocket fire.

Schools will be reopened on Wednesday, as will all businesses and government offices. Farmers will again be allowed to work in their fields. In a statement to residents, the head of the Eshkol regional council Gadi Yarkoni said: “We’ve had a difficult two days. Two days which are a continuation of life in the shadow of terrorism and a pendulum swinging between emergency and normalcy for eight months straight.”

He said he expected Israeli leaders and the army to “give us true peace and true calm” which would allow the communities to thrive. “We cannot accept the continued hopeless reality of life under the threat of terrorism that includes fires, balloons and rockets.”

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