While Israel’s Home Front Command has instructed northern residents to carry on with their daily routines, Golan Heights residents have been instructed to remain near bomb shelters. Nevertheless, schools in the area are holding classes as usual.

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The IDF and Israeli Home Front Command advised the residents of northern Israel to follow their normal routines on Thursday, despite the early morning Iranian rocket attack on Israel and the rising tensions in the area.

However, Golan Heights residents have been instructed to remain in close proximity to bomb shelters at all times. In addition, public gatherings in the area have been limited to no more than 1,000 people.

Although no special orders have been issued at the moment for northern communities outside of the Golan Heights, many have chosen to open public bomb shelters. After assessing the situation, the Israeli Ministry of Education announced that there are no restrictions today on schools or trips in the Golan Heights.

Safed bomb shelter opened earlier this week amid rising tensions

Safed bomb shelter opened earlier this week amid rising tensions Photo Credit: David Cohen/Flash 90

The head of the Golan Regional Council stated that all schools will be opened. “After evaluating the situation with the Home Front Command, it was decided that classes will be held as usual in all educational institutions, and farmers are permitted to cultivate their land without any restrictions,” the council head said.

The head of the Upper Galilee Regional Council, Giora Shatz, called on Israel’s citizens to adopt the IDF’s recommendation and not to cancel planned vacations in the north: “I call on everyone – do not cancel. Let’s get the message out: We’re here and we’re here to stay. The alert level is at the highest possible level, but we are waking up to our normal routines. “

The Israeli Air Force responded early this morning to a large-scale rocket attack launched by Iranian forces shortly after midnight. In response to the over 20 rockets that were fired from Syria, sirens blared in the Golan Heights area and residents quickly entered nearby bomb shelters. No damage or injuries were caused by the Iranian attack, and most of the rockets fell in Syrian territory.