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Omission: Because of the danger of missiles, residents of the Gaza envelope do not have a direct train to the center - voila! Car

2023-12-10T15:58:59.268Z

Highlights: Sderot station remains closed, along with the connection of the line north, to the central area. Residents of the surrounding communities, who work or study in the center, now have to travel by train much longer. According to estimates, tens of millions of shekels are needed to build an embankment adjacent to the bridge with concrete fences that will hide the trains from Gaza. In the past, there was also an adjacent section of track exposed, but it was treated by Israel Railways by planting trees to hide trains.


While Miri Regev boasts of the Transportation Ministry's assistance in returning the evacuated residents of the Gaza Strip, the track between Sderot and Ashkelon is still closed because the trains passing through it are exposed to missiles from Gaza


Anti-tank missile fired by Hamas at the Sderot railway bridge, killing Moshe Feder/Edit: Niv Maoz

Here's how to see the train from Gaza: Trees were planted in the section above the earthen embankment, but on the bridge it's still exposed/screenshot, from an amateur video

Three weeks ago, Israel Railways celebrated the opening of train stations on the western Negev line, for the first time since October 7. After more than a month of shutdown due to the war, the Ofakim and Netivot stations resumed operations.

But the joy of the residents was premature. The Sderot station remained closed, along with the connection of the line north, to the central area. Residents of the surrounding communities, who work or study in the center, now have to travel by train much longer, an hour and 40 minutes in each direction when leaving the train in Ofakim, for example, and change trains in Be'er Sheva, or two hours and 11 minutes by bus.

The reason: The section between Sderot and Ashkelon is now closed for security reasons, which have been well known to the Ministry of Transport for more than a decade, but are not being addressed, even now. The main problem is a section of track about 500 meters long that passes over an elevated bridge before Sderot, and the trains that pass through it can be clearly seen from Gaza. In the past, there was also an adjacent section of track exposed, but it was treated by Israel Railways by planting trees to hide passing trains.

For years, the defense establishment has been afraid of launching rockets and anti-tank missiles at the trains, in an attempt to blow them up and cause them to derail. This fear is not theoretical: On May 05, 2019, Moshe Feder was killed by an anti-tank missile fired by Hamas terrorists while driving under a bridge.

In previous security crises as well, the exposed section was closed, but the current period is its longest, and it is unclear when the defense establishment will allow it to reopen. A day after the resumption of traffic between Ofakim and Beersheba North, 3 weeks ago. Hamas fired an anti-tank missile at a D-9 bulldozer operator in Kissufim, proving that despite the activity of three IDF divisions in the Gaza Strip, the terrorists did not lose their ability to launch such missiles at the envelope.

Despite the urgency of dealing with the problem, and while Transportation Minister Miri Regev prides himself on taking close care of the residents of the envelope in her high-profile tours of the area, the Ministry of Transport has not yet found the necessary funding to deal with the hazard. According to estimates, tens of millions of shekels are needed to build an embankment adjacent to the bridge with concrete fences that will hide the trains from Gaza.

So far, no plan has been prepared for the construction of the embankment, nor has it been submitted for approval, not even in the two months since the outbreak of the war, while the state is helping the evacuated residents of the envelope return to their homes and jobs. This is despite the fact that professionals estimate that several months are needed to complete the work.

The Takuma Administration, which is responsible for the rehabilitation of the surrounding communities and Israel Railways, referred the Ministry of Transport for comment. The Transportation Ministry did not respond to a request for comment.

Sderot train station. Still closed/Yaniv Kalif, Yaniv Khalif

Transportation Minister Miri Regev/Reuven Castro

For years, the defense establishment has been afraid of launching rockets and anti-tank missiles at the trains, in an attempt to blow them up and cause them to derail. This fear is not theoretical: On May 05, 2019, Moshe Feder was killed by an anti-tank missile fired by Hamas terrorists while driving under a bridge.

In previous security crises as well, the exposed section was closed, but the current period is its longest, and it is unclear when the defense establishment will allow it to reopen. A day after the resumption of traffic between Ofakim and Beersheba North, 3 weeks ago. Hamas fired an anti-tank missile at a D-9 bulldozer operator in Kissufim, proving that despite the activity of three IDF divisions in the Gaza Strip, the terrorists did not lose their ability to launch such missiles at the envelope.

Despite the urgency of dealing with the problem, and while Transportation Minister Miri Regev prides himself on taking close care of the residents of the envelope in her high-profile tours of the area, the Ministry of Transport has not yet found the necessary funding to deal with the hazard. According to estimates, tens of millions of shekels are needed to build an embankment adjacent to the bridge with concrete fences that will hide the trains from Gaza.

So far, no plan has been prepared for the construction of the embankment, nor has it been submitted for approval, not even in the two months since the outbreak of the war, while the state is helping the evacuated residents of the envelope return to their homes and jobs. This is despite the fact that professionals estimate that several months are needed to complete the work.

The Takuma Administration, which is responsible for the rehabilitation of the surrounding communities and Israel Railways, referred the Ministry of Transport for comment. The Transportation Ministry did not respond to a request for comment.

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Source: walla

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