(Jerusalem Post) Classes were canceled for Monday morning in Gaza border communities as five volleys of at least three rockets and other projectiles were fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip.

The IDF said early Monday morning 17 rockets were fired at Israel’s south, of which three were intercepted, during overnight hours and train stations in Sderot, Ofakim, Netivot and other Gaza border communities were closed on Monday.

Gadi Yarkoni, head of the Eshkol Regional Council, said the IDF did not discuss the closures with his office before making the decision.

“The IDF cancelled classes here, and also stopped work in the area” he told Army Radio on Monday morning, saying a “great tragedy” befell Israel with the death of Lt. Col. M. during the operation. He said the decision “caught him by surprise” as he discovered the decision via media channels and not from the IDF itself.

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