The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, in light of the ongoing barrage of rockets coming from Gaza, has launched an operation to distribute hundreds of protective vests to Israeli emergency response units managing civilian populations affected by renewed tensions between Gaza and Israel.
The program is being coordinated with the IDF Home Front Command and local authorities in Southern Israel.
The first phase of the operation was designed to give 500 protective vests to areas most affected by the rocket fire, including Sderot, Ashkelon, Netivot, Ofakim, Beersheba, Ashdod, Benir Ayish and smaller regional councils located in the vicinity. The organization has also expressed its willingness to expand operations to other areas, in coordination with the Home Front Command.
The fellowship has been heavily involved, via donor money, in enhancing the security of civilians living close to the Gaza Strip, through the deployment of mobile shelters, renovating existing bomb shelters and providing protection to hospitals.