A mother of two children from Ashdod described how she was caught by surprise by
an air-raid siren on Friday morning during the Palestinian rocket attack on the
city while assisting her ill father.
Two Grad rockets fired from Gaza
slammed into the city on Friday morning, with one rocket falling near a Yeshiva,
wounding seven people, including one seriously and one moderately. The second
rocket struck a synagogue, but failed to detonate.
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The wounded were on
their way to morning prayers. The seriously wounded victim was evacuated
to Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot.
Edna (who requested that her last
name not be published), age 44, was at home with her children and a guest when
the first air-raid siren went off shortly before 6 a.m.
“I woke up in a
panic and rushed to wake up my kids. My guest burst into tears from the shock,”
she told The Jerusalem Post
A little under two hours later,
Edna walked to her parents’ home, 200 meters away, to tend to her father, who is
ill and confined to a wheelchair. As she wheeled her father to a car, the second
siren went off.
“We didn’t know where to go.
We were stranded
outside and I could not get my father indoors in time. Then we heard an enormous
explosion. The rocket fell near my house. The first thing I thought about was my
children,” she said. “I called them and they were crying in shock.”
officials canceled all sporting and cultural events in Ashdod and Beersheba as a
result of the escalation in attacks. Police called on residents of the south to
remain close to safe zones – enclosed areas that are less exposed to rockets –
and to follow instructions issued by the Home Front Command.