Be'er Sheva Mayor: We Are Installing Qassam Warning System

Rubik Danilovich responds to Shin Bet comments about Be'er Sheva being in Hamas striking distance.

Be'er Sheva Mayor Rubik Danilovich on Sunday said that his city plans to improve conditions in its bomb shelters and is preparing to install a Color Red alarm system.

Danilovich's comments came in the wake of Sunday's announcement by Shin Bet security service chief Yuval Diskin that Hamas is capable of firing rockets capable of striking targets on the outskirts Be'er Sheva, as well as Kiryat Gat and Ashdod.

"We expect that the government will not allow us to get to the point where Be'er Sheva will absorb rocket fire," said Danilovich. "The government must take measures to prevent this from happening."

Danilovich added that Be'er Sheva has begun preparatory exercises in coordination with the Home Front Command to raise the city's level of alertness.

Be'er Sheva has 250 public bomb shelters intended for use by its 200,000 residents.

The city of Yavneh, also within reach of Hamas rockets fired from Gaza, has also begun preparing for the possibility of being attacked.

Mayor Zvi Gov-Ari said, "The question is not how many shelters there are, but how long it takes residents to get to them. Until today, the Home Front Command still has not given us any guidance about the city's risk level."

In response, the Home Front Command said that the Israel Defense Forces is preparing for all possibilities. There has also been an improvement in 95 percent of the alarms across the country, and additional alarms will be installed in communities located within 40 kilometers from the Gaza Strip.