Eshkol Regional Council

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The Eshkol Regional Council (Hebrew: מועצה אזורית אשכול‎, Mo'atza Ezorit Eshkol) is a regional council in the north-western Negev, in Israel's Southern District. The regional council's territory lies midway between Ashkelon and Beersheba, bounded on the west by the Gaza Strip while the eastern border abuts the territory of the Bnei Shimon Regional Council. The region has been a frequent target of rocket attacks from nearby Gaza Strip, causing frequent damage to farms and some structures within the region.[1]

Transport[edit]

Eshkol Regional Council is linked to Tel Aviv by Egged Ta'avura bus route 379, to Be'er Sheva by bus route 35, and to Ashkelon by bus route 36.

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Rocket attacks[edit]

The Eshkol region has been the target of thousands of rocket attacks since 2000. Despite Iron Dome coverage in the region, usage of the system is generally limited to populated areas and allows other rockets to land in open areas. As a result, there has been widespread damage to farms, vehicles and various outlying structures.[2][3] During the 2014 Israel–Gaza conflict, farmers reported massive damages to their crops due to rockets landing in open fields. [4][5]

More than 30 rockets and mortar shells were fired at Eshkol Regional Council on 21 August 2014 alone, bringing the total to over 1,000 during the 2014 Gaza War.

On 26 August 2014 a mortar shell fired from Gaza was reported to have killed one person and seriously wounded two others at the Eshkol Regional Council.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Palestinians fire rocket at southern Israel". Times of Israel. 26 December 2013. Retrieved 26 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Two rockets explode in Eshkol Regional Council; damage caused to vehicle". Ynetnews. 23 July 2014. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "2 Rockets Explode in Eshkol Regional Council Causing Property Damage". Israel National News. 10 August 2014. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  4. ^ Curiel, Ilana (23 November 2012). "Gaza vicinity farmers suffer millions in damages". Ynetnews. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  5. ^ Curiel, Ilana (22 August 2014). "Residents of rocket-battered Eshkol flee again". Ynetnews. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  6. ^ Hartman, Ben (26 August 2014). "Israeli killed, two seriously wounded in Eshkol mortar strike". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 

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Coordinates: 31°22′27″N 34°23′58″E / 31.37417°N 34.39944°E / 31.37417; 34.39944