Israeli summer camps called off near Gaza Strip

Sderot mayor urges indirect talks with Hamas halted

09 August, 12:44

    (ANSAmed) - TEL AVIV, AUGUST 9 - On the orders of the Israeli army, all summer camps for youths in areas near the Gaza Strip have been called off after an escalation in conflict over the night between Wednesday and Thursday.

    Members of the community spent the night in shelters and have been asked to stay near them, while farmers have been told not to go to work in fields near the defensive barrier with Gaza. The army has also announced that trains will not go on the section of the rail line between Sderot and the coastal city of Ashkelon. The Zikim beach near the border with the Palestinian enclave has also been closed. Since Wednesday night, about 200 rockets and mortar shells were launched from the Gaza Strip by Hamas and other groups.

    Alon Davidi, mayor of the heavily affected Israeli town of Sderot - where 11 people were injured including a woman - has called on the government to suspend indirect talks underway with Hamas and UN and Egyptian mediation. (ANSAmed).

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