Rockets Send Children Scrambling

Pool in Netiv Ha'Asara, Israel

On Wednesday night, dozens of children in southern Israel were enjoying the final night swim of the summer, one last chance for fun before the school year began. But their fun was cut short by terror when rocket sirens sounded. Ynet News’ Matan Tzuri and Itay Blumenthal tell us how rocket fire from Gaza is, sadly, something that these children “will remember…for the rest of their lives”:

Air raid sirens warning of rocket fire from the Gaza Strip sounded Wednesday night at the Netiv Ha’Asara community that borders the northern section of the Hamas-run enclave. The moshav was holding a night swim for dozens of local children at the time…

The siren, which sounded a little after 9pm, sent residents of the community into their protected areas. A short time later, Israeli Air Force planes struck a Hamas post in the northern Gaza Strip, the IDF said.

The siren created a great deal of panic at the event for children at a pool in the community.

“Eighty children were crammed into the protected area,” local resident Yifat Ben Shoshan said. “There was a great panic.”

She said the event was “the last night swim of the season” and was cut short.

“The children of Netiv Ha’Asara will remember this moment for the rest of their lives, that’s for sure,” she said.

The event comes amid heightened tensions in southern Israel.

On Tuesday, several mortar shells were fired at Israel…

Tags: children Gaza Israel Itay Blumenthal Matan Tzuri Netiv Ha'Asara Terrorism Ynet News

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