The southern Israeli city of Eilat launched a citywide strike at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, closing down most shopping centers, public transportation, schools, municipal operations, and even some hospital services in protest of the planned closure of an airport in Tel Aviv.
Along with the strike, which will cover most unionized workers, the city also shut barred entry and exit – not only to the neighboring countries of Egypt and Jordan, but also to the rest of Israel, starting at 10:00 a.m.
Eilat’s mayor, Meir Yitzhak Halevi, called for the strike last month, in protest of the planned closure of the Sde Dov airport in Tel Aviv, and Eilat’s Uvda airport ceding operations to the new Ramon airport slightly north.
Locals worry that with the closure of both the Sde Dov and Uvda airports, Eilat will become isolated from the rest of the country, given the longer travel times to and from Eilat from Ramon airport, and to and from Tel Aviv via Ben Gurion airport.
Read more at Arutz Sheva.