Amid increasing tensions along the Gaza border following US President Donald Trump’s Jerusalem announcement, southern-Israeli residents say the rocket fire reminds them of ‘bad times.’

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The increasing rocket fire over the past few days has reminded Israelis living near the Gaza Strip of a reality they know all too well. Channel 2 News spoke with some of them and heard about their fears that the current tensions could quickly escalate into a military conflict.

“We’re already preparing for war, we just know it’s coming,” said Ofra. “It’s only getting stronger and stronger. The army is instructing us to carry on with our lives, but you just can’t tell if and when it’s going to start.”

She added that she sees a connection between US President Donald Trump’s recent recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and the rocket fire upsurge.

Anat, who lives in Sderot, said, “My daughter insists on sleeping in the safe room and won’t sleep by herself. She is scared of going out to play in the park.”

“I’m also afraid of the tunnels,” she added. “I can’t stop thinking what would happen if a terrorist actually came here. In the last war, I slept with a knife under my pillow. If this goes on, I’ll put it back there.”