Photo: Haaretz (Reuters)

Escalation on the Gaza border reached a peak over the first weekend of May, making it one of toughest in recent memory for southern and central communities in Israel.

In a short span of a weekend, over 700 missiles were launched by Hamas towards communities in Southern and Central Israel. Although the Iron Dome System intercepted dozens of the rockets, the results were devastating, as 4 Israeli civilian lives were lost, and dozens more were wounded.

Many local authorities opened public bomb shelters and schools were closed, forcing over 200,000 to stay home. Dozens of Israeli civilians have been treated for acute anxiety as a result of the escalation in hostilities.

Working 24/7 in emergency mode, NATAL’s Helpline received over 500 calls in the span of 24 hours.  In addition, NATAL was active in all major media outlets, offering our support services to potential victims via TV, radio and social media.

While a ceasefire has been called, many Israelis are experiencing the turbulent aftereffects of rocket fire.  NATAL continues to be a source of support for Israelis in their time of need, reaching as many as possible through NATAL’s Helpline, Mobile Units and increased presence and awareness through media.  It is in this often silent aftermath when NATAL’s work truly begins.

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