|Tensions in Israel-March 13, 2014|
Thursday, March 13, 2014
IFSA-Butler is closely monitoring the escalation of tensions between Israel and the Gaza Strip. Since November 2013, intermittent rocket fire from Gaza into southern Israel by Islamic Jihadist groups has been slowly increasing, while the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) has consistently responded with targeted attacks on specific jihadist installations located in Gaza.
Over the past 24 hours, reports indicate that over 60 rockets were fired from Gaza into southern Israel, and the IDF has targeted at least 36 sites in Gaza. No casualties have been reported. This is the most activity witnessed between the two entities since November 2012. It is also reported that Egyptian officials are working towards a cease fire with the Israeli government and Hamas, the ruling party in Gaza.
At this time, IFSA-Butler will continue to monitor developments in the region with the assistance of our contracted intelligence analysis assistance company. We do not anticipate any interruption to the study abroad program at Hebrew University in Jerusalem at this time, as the epicenter of activity is within a small radius of the Israel-Gaza border. Students who are studying at Hebrew University in Jerusalem have been instructed to avoid this area at all costs, and they have also been informed on what to do should sirens sound in Jerusalem. IFSA-Butler students have also been given emergency contact information for the IFSA-Butler student services coordinator in Israel, as well as Hebrew University staff.
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