As rockets pounded southern Israel earlier today, those living in the affected areas had little time to seek safety. The Times of Israel tells us about the residents of rocket-battered Sderot who describe the scramble to reach their bomb shelters:
There are no more than 15 seconds from the moment the rocket warning siren sounds until a projectile impacts on the city, during which residents have to get themselves — and their families — into bomb shelters or reinforced rooms in their homes...
Sderot resident Etti Kramer told Hadashot TV news how she and her husband dashed to get their seven children into their family’s reinforced room as they heard explosions around them.
“I ran and grabbed the baby,” she said. “The rest of the children ran [to the reinforced room] but didn’t arrive in time. We started to hear explosions and we continued getting the children into the reinforced room. You have to choose which of your children you save. I grabbed the baby and the two-year old and ran to the shelter.”
Another resident, Yossi Lok, recounted how his neighbor was injured by a rocket which their apartment building.
Lok said he had retreated to his reinforced room after the rocket siren alert when off.
“I heard a huge explosion and saw a flash of fire,” he said. “The neighbor cried out that he’d been hit. I came downstairs and saw him really badly hurt, covered in blood. His home was on fire because his gas canister had been hit...”