Many times Israelis experienced days of terror from the rocket attacks and most had to hide in unsuitable conditions. These abandoned shelters were supposed to be maintained by the Israeli government but, unfortunately, funds were not available for the older buildings, thus thousands of residents were forced to find shelter in basements and under stairways.
Residents have only a few seconds to find shelter but most of the shelters are neglected.
Letter from the Abraham family:
I am not sure of being capable of expressing my feelings and appreciation for you, after what you have done for us, a new shelter. I say "new" because the old one was just a shelter, without water, no toilet, nothing.