Train service in southern Israel suspended over security fears


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Train service between Ashkelon and Sderot in southern Israel was halted due to security reasons.

Sunday night’s halt to service on the line that runs near the border with Gaza — a day before the end of a five-day cease-fire with Hamas and other groups in Gaza — was “until further notice,” Israel Railways said on its website.

The Defense Ministry reportedly ordered the cessation of train service and told the rail service to fortify the line against anti-tank fire from Gaza.

Train service between Ashkelon and Sderot was closed during large portions of the recent conflict in Gaza.

The Transportation Ministry will add buses between the two southern Israeli cities in the meantime, according to reports.

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