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Five months after it was evacuated - Sderot is starting to show signs of life - voila! news

2024-02-25T22:02:29.642Z

Highlights: Five months after it was evacuated - Sderot is starting to show signs of life. With the resumption of the activities of the educational institutions in the city - it finally begins to appear that normalcy is at hand. Many residents are still reluctant to return home from the evacuated hotels, and even those who are ready are afraid of a "surprise" from Hamas when their children return to school next week. "There is still no one who will say outright that it is safe to be here"


With the resumption of the activities of the educational institutions in the city - it finally begins to appear that normalcy is at hand. However, many residents are still reluctant to return home from the evacuated hotels, and even those who are ready are afraid of a "surprise" from Hamas when their children return to school next week. "There is still no one who will say outright that it is safe to be here"


After 4 months: Sderot Municipality opened the educational frameworks for children staying in the city/Sderot Municipality spokeswoman

About two and a half months ago, a group of journalists walked around Sderot after being evacuated at the beginning of the war.

After the convoy approached a commercial center in the area, one of the reporters wondered where he could buy himself something to eat or drink - but there was nowhere.

The city was almost completely empty.

Even the ten thousand residents who remained in the city had nothing to do.

Today the picture is starting to change, and some of the restaurants and shops in the city's large commercial center are already open.

Not all of them yet - but it finally starts to look like routine is coming.

Sderot/Yinir Yagna

In the coming days, hundreds of families are expected to return to their homes, some of them already arrived last week to a home they had not seen for months.

They arranged and cleaned in preparation for their long-awaited return, hoping that on the opening day of school in the city, on March 3, Hamas would not prepare a "welcome reception" for them.

This is the great fear of the residents - that on the day the children go to the educational institutions, the terrorist organization will launch rockets towards the city.



Meanwhile, in one of the schools in Sderot, educational teams arrived today for a special training day.

Most of the teachers have already returned to the city and are preparing for the upcoming new year.

Parents remain suspicious, but thousands of children are estimated to attend school.

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Yoram Buskila's house in Sderot.

November 5, 2023/Yinir Yagna

Sderot/Yinir Yagna

Not everyone feels safe to return to their home, which the terrorists broke into on October 7.

Some of the residents decided to stay in the evacuated hotels: "There is still no one who will tell me outright that it is safe to be in the city, so despite the large grants from the state, we will stay in the hotels," testified one of the residents.



Shimon Elkhart, the owner of the "Greg" coffee shop in Sderot, which on its days of operation is full of city residents and has remained closed for the past five months, returns to sleep in his home in the city every night - at the end of a day of reserve service.

"The restaurant is still closed, it is impossible to start the restaurant quickly, we need time to start. Five months after the restaurant, most of the employees left, there is currently no financial feasibility to open," he says.

"We see that there is a return to the city, two months ago there were very few residents, and today we are already seeing a change, according to the rate in the next month most of the residents will return."

  • More on the same topic:

  • Gaza war

  • War of Iron Swords

  • Sderot

  • Education

  • Hamas

Source: walla

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