The ceasefire has held and it’s been quiet for five days, but there are no guarantees, and Israel cannot afford to relax its security vigilance.
Thus, on Monday, security officials ordered suspension of train service between Ashkelon and Sderot until further notice, out of concern that Palestinian terrorists will target them with anti-tank missiles.
Train passengers were instructed to disembark the train in Ashkelon and then take a bus to Sderot.
Bus service between Ashkelon and Sderot has been increased, and free shuttles between the two cities will be provided, according to media reports.
The Defense Ministry has demanded that the trains to Sderot be armored against anti-tank missiles; the train station there already has such protection,Arutz Sheva reported.
In response, the Transportation Ministry said “the demand is being dealt with by the relevant sources.”