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Adir Bassad, 13, who was critically wounded Tuesday evening in a Kassam rocket attack on Sderot, regained consciousness on Thursday at Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon.
Bassad was hit in the chest and stomach by shrapnel and rushed to Barzilai, where for hours after the attack surgeons battled to save his life.
The Kassam barrage also wounded Bassad's friend Matan Cohen seriously and left three other people in shock while major damage was caused to nearby cars and buildings.
Witnesses described a chaotic scene following the attack, as agitated residents came out of their homes to survey the damage. Windows were shattered, and frustration and anger prevailed.
"Our children are getting hurt over here and nobody's doing anything about this," one resident shouted.
"We can't go out anywhere, not to the shopping mall, or anywhere," another resident said.
Others vented their anger at the press members who were covering the incident. "You guys are going to interview us and maybe show a minute or two, but you don't really feel our pain," one resident accused.