The past 15 hours have been quite unnerving and traumatic. Hamas started firing Kassam rockets at Sderot at 4:42 in the afternoon and for the next twenty minutes the barrage was non-stopped.
As the first alarm went off, people out and about or coming home from work started running for cover, people driving stopped their cars in the middle of the street to find shelter as well.
Some forty rockets hit Sderot in the first twenty minutes. Power, internet and cable were all knocked out. One house was hit and a gas line was hit which started a fire that would burn well into the next day before all the gas could be burnt off.
Schools are closed for the second day, train service to Sderot and other border towns has been canceled and people have been advised to stay home from work and near their bomb shelter today.
Hamas blew up a bus just seconds after all the passengers were off, severely injuring only one person. In Ashkelon, the town just north of us, one man was killed. In all there have been seventy people wounded, two critically.
For most, it was along, sleepless night with one alarm after another. If the “Tseva Adom” alarm was not going off, “Iron Dome” intercepting incoming rockets , there were the explosions of Kassams that landed in open areas or outgoing artillery fire, then your phone was ringing from a loved one checking to see if you were ok.
People are afraid to go out or even go to work, parents won’t let their children go out and play.
There are those who will stay home from work because of the current situation.
As we made our way through town today there were many stores ,that were closed, road looked like they do just before Shabbat, tempers seemed to more on edge and you could cut the tension in the air with a knife.
We have been enduring this for the past eighteen year, so when it is reported that we suffer from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) I shake my head; we don’t suffer from PTSD we suffer from ATSD (Accumulative Traumatic Stress Disorder) because this terrorism has been ongoing since 2001 when Israel gave land to the PLO for peace.
There are those today that need help, and we will do our best to be there for them.
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Thank You for your love, prayers and support!