DEBKAfile reports a flood of complaints have reached the IDF Home Command from the public about a new order against activating rocket alerts when open spaces inside towns – and not buildings - are threatened. In the last two weeks, Rosh Ha’ayin, Kiryat Gath, Jerusalem’s Har Homa suburb, Gush Etzion and, this Tuesday, Beersheba, came under rocket attack, without their inhabitants receiving any warning. Furthermore, drivers are no longer alerted to incoming rockets targeting the roads or highways on which they are traveling.

This new practice should be abandoned without delay and the alarms reactivated in full.  Rocket fragments and large metal pieces from rockets intercepted by Iron Dome frequently drop over open ground in inhabited areas and busy streets. The public must be given due warning to seek shelter in time.