Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman have decided to completely evacuate Kiryat Shmona or Sderot in case of a military conflict against Hezbollah in the north or Hamas in the south.
According to the evacuation plan, only residents whose job is vital for the continued operations of the city-such as municipality workers, police and rescue forces – would remain in the towns.
The IDF and the National Emergency Management Authority would evacuate residents to hotels in the Dead Sea area and central Israel, which will be cleared of guests upon the declaration of a state of emergency. The Defense Ministry has agreements with some hotels and others will be added to the list to enable all residents of the towns to be evacuated.
In photo: The city of Sderot, Sderot Media Center