May 11, 2018
Rocket fire was exchanged overnight between Israeli forces in the Golan Heights region and Iranian forces in Syria. The Israeli military said that more than 20 rockets were launched at its bases in the Golan Heights by Iranian forces in Syria. A number of the rockets were intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome aerial defense system. Other rockets fell short, landing in Syria. No casualties were reported. Israel retaliated by hitting dozens of Iranian military targets in Syria, and IDF officials believe that this airstrike will deter further Iranian military action.
All of the IFSA students are currently in Jerusalem, which is located around 100 miles from the affected Golan Heights area. Both IFSA and Rothberg International School have been in touch with students to warn them against travel to the Golan Heights region for the foreseeable future, and to pass along safety information. At this time, there is no reason to believe that Jerusalem, or IFSA students, may be at any particular risk. Our resident director, Monica Wasserbach, reported this morning that life is continuing on as normal in Jerusalem.
We keep close watch on security events in Jerusalem and all students to help ensure they are aware of their surroundings and environment. Our resident staff check in with the students and provide any information and support that is needed.
Additionally, the resident staff spend considerable time talking about safety and security with students during the mandatory program orientation as well as throughout the semester. Students are given an emergency phone number for our resident staff and our emergency assistance provider that they can call 24/7 in the event of an emergency. Students are also instructed to submit any travel plans to our resident staff should they leave their program city overnight.
We will continue to closely monitor security events in Israel and provide you with relevant updates as needed.
If you would like more information about this security event, please see the following media outlets:
Please feel free to contact the IFSA Health and Safety team with any questions or concerns.