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March 21, 2013 9:46 am

Sderot Victim of Gaza Rocket Attack: “My Eight Year Old Daughter and My Wife Are Terrified”

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Screen shot of Yossi Haziza. Photo: Channel 2 Israel.

Hamas has denied responsibility for the Qassam rockets fired at Sderot Thursday. “Israel has fabricated these reports in order to mar the reputation of the resistance forces,” a spokesperson for Hamas said.

Only one of the rockets caused significant damage, hitting the home of Yossi Haziza.

Haziza described the incident to Israel’s Channel 2. “My wife was cleaning windows, then the alarm sounded. She and my little daughter managed to escape to the shelter at the last minute.” Haziza was not home at the time of the incident.

“I wish this was merely damage to property but my eight year old daughter and my wife are terrified,” Haziza told another news outlet. “We just want to live in peace. We don’t want to keep having to run to bomb shelters.”

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“I don’t know how we are going to deal with this,” he told Israel’s Army Radio. “The terrorists fire whenever they want and however they want and we seem unable to stop them. Apparently we did not do a proper job in stopping them in Operation Pillar of Defense.

“It could be that Hamas is doing this in ‘honor’ of Obama, sending him a message before he goes to Ramallah that he had better not forget about them,” Haziza continued. “But so what? Because they want to send a message to the president we have to suffer? Are our children supposed to be sitting ducks for diplomatic reasons? Now they have to grow up with these negative experiences. Who knows what the damage will be later on? We need to be properly defended, regardless of diplomatic issues.”

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