The Israeli defense establishment is concerned by a video that was recently released by Gaza terrorists and which appears to suggest that trains travelling in southern Israel are exposed to rocket fire.
The video shows a train travelling from Ashkelon to Sderot, clearly exposed to rocket fire from the Gaza side of the border.
The video was filmed from Beit Hanoun and shows the train at a distance of just a few hundred meters from the position from which the video was taken.
The defense establishment is now trying to figure out how to prevent rockets or anti-tank missiles from being fired at trains.
The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said in response, “The IDF has given its recommendations to the political echelon which will make the decisions on this issue.”
In 2011, 16-year-old Daniel Viflic died after being critically wounded in a Hamas missile attack on a school bus.
Gaza-based terrorists fired an anti-tank missile at the bus Daniel was riding in as it drove near the Nahal Oz crossing, close to the Kibbutz Sa’ad junction. The attack took place shortly after dozens of children had been let off the bus, and only Daniel and the bus driver remained on board.
Daniel sustained head wounds, shrapnel injuries and major blood loss in the attack. He was airlifted to Soroka, where doctors fought to save his life but he died several days later.
A new train station in Sderot was dedicated this past December. The station is armored against missile attacks.