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November 13, 2012 11:17 am

Young Ashkelon Girl Tells Foreign Ambassadors: “Living Like This is Terrifying for Us” (VIDEO)

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A rocket fired from Gaza.

A video posted Tuesday to YouTube by Israel National News shows Paz Azran, a young Ashkelon resident, speaking to an assembled group of foreign diplomats.

During the speech Azran explains what it’s like to live in southern Israel with the constant threat of rocket attacks looming over her. “I have two little brothers and living like this is terrifying for us,” she says.”When I hear the siren I know that I have 30 seconds to run to a bomb shelter—unless I could get hurt. Everyday things that every child in the world does, it’s nothing that is usual to me. I have to think twice to go to take shower, or driving, because I don’t know if I’ll have enough time to run to a bomb shelter. Living like this, in a situation like this, is very scary for someone (unintelligible) didn’t even finish school.”

Azran spoke Monday night in Ashkelon where Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hosted a gathering of 70 foreign ambassadors. The location was intended to give the ambassadors a sense of what it was like for residents of the region to live under constant threat of rocket attacks.

“If an alarm is sounded, all of us have exactly 30 seconds to find shelter,” he told the gathering.

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An article in Israel Hayom Tuesday further details the atmosphere in southern Israel.

“We can no longer live in this terrible fear. We get up in the morning in a panic due to the alarms, hear the deafening explosions near our homes and do not understand why our lives are considered worthless,” Regina Berkowitz, a resident of Netivot, told the website Sunday.

Adi Hacohen, a 12-year-old schoolgirl, told the website “I’m even scared of walking to school because there is no protection. At home I’m scared too because we don’t have a safe room — the only safe area is in the stairwell of the building, where all the neighbors run to when we hear an alarm. Why do I have to live in such a reality? We deserve to be protected.”

More than 100 rockets fired from Gaza have struck southern Israel since Saturday. According to the Israel Hayom article Magen David Adom emergency medical service crews have so far treated 47 victims of rocket attacks in the region.

Watch video of Paz Azran below:

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