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Rockets Fired at Jewish Center in Ukraine

The Fellowship and our partners on the ground in Ukraine continue our work to help those in the Jewish community who have been left behind to face that nation’s ongoing turmoil. Today, The Algemeiner reports on a Jewish welfare center run by one of our partners that was hit by two rockets fired by pro-Russian separatist forces:

A Jewish welfare center in Kramatorsk, eastern Ukraine, was hit by two rockets today, as pro-Russian forces launched a deadly attack targeting both Ukraine’s military headquarters and a residential area in the city.

The rockets, which damaged the 9-story building where the center is located, did not explode, as one hit the roof and another landed in the backyard. No injuries were immediately reported at the center and the building has been evacuated. However, at least five people were killed and 26 wounded in the latest Russian attack on the city, RFE/RL reported.

The center, a part of the ‘Hesed’ network supported by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), serves over 560 elderly and poor Jews and employs 42 people …

“Obviously today’s rocket attack in Kramatorsk highlights the harsh, challenging environment that Ukraine’s neediest Jews are living in,” Gill said. “While we mourn the loss of life, and are thankful there were no injuries at the Hesed, we have to redouble our efforts on the ground to ensure the safety and well-being of the elderly and poor who are hit hardest by the violence and economic turmoil brought on by the conflict.”

JDC’s work in Ukraine is undertaken in cooperation with the local Jewish community and with partner organizations including Chabad, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews …

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