Eshkol Regional Council
|• Type||Regional council (from 1951)|
|• Head of Municipality||Gadi Yarkoni|
|• Total||735,520 dunams (735.52 km2 or 283.99 sq mi)|
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.
Eshkol Regional Council is linked to Tel Aviv by bus routes 379 (Local) and route 479 (Express), to Be'er Sheva by bus route 35, and to Ashkelon by bus route 36. Inside the regional council's territory there are 6 bus routes linking the kibbutzim and the moshavim to the regional council offices. All bus routes are operated by Dan BaDarom.
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. During the 2014 Israel–Gaza conflict, farmers reported massive damages to their crops due to rockets landing in open fields. 
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.
- "Palestinians fire rocket at southern Israel". Times of Israel. 26 December 2013. Retrieved 26 December 2013.
- "Two rockets explode in Eshkol Regional Council; damage caused to vehicle". Ynetnews. 23 July 2014. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
- "2 Rockets Explode in Eshkol Regional Council Causing Property Damage". Israel National News. 10 August 2014. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
- Curiel, Ilana (23 November 2012). "Gaza vicinity farmers suffer millions in damages". Ynetnews. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
- Curiel, Ilana (22 August 2014). "Residents of rocket-battered Eshkol flee again". Ynetnews. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
- Hartman, Ben (26 August 2014). "Israeli killed, two seriously wounded in Eshkol mortar strike". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
- Official website (in Hebrew)
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