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Southern Israel Residents Describe Trauma and Fear of Day Under Rocket Fire

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Gaza rockets shot at Israel's southern communities. Photo: Twitter.

Residents of southern Israel described their trauma and fear on Wednesday when at least 60 rockets were fired into their neighborhoods from the Gaza Strip, Israel’s Walla reported.

“We ran like crazy to reinforced rooms at the supermarket – and then we heard some booms, one after another,” said Meira, a high school teacher from Sha’ar HaNegev who was shopping at the time of the onslaught. “It brought me back to times of constant firing in Operation Pillar of Defense [2012]. I was hit in 2007 by a Qassam that fell at school… Even if I want to stay calm, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder responds to this situation… It is impossible not to worry.”

Nico Pesachov, 18, “‹”‹of Sderot, was at home with his family when Code Red sirens went off warning residents of incoming rockets. The family rushed to a shelter. His sisters “were very frightened,” Pesachov said. He then heard an explosion as a rocket fell near their house.

The terror attack was the heaviest rocket barrage against Israel in two years.

Most of the rockets struck open fields, one hit a southern Israeli town near Gaza and one reportedly landed near a library in Sderot. At least three rockets were intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system.

In response to the assault, the Israel Defense Forces targeted 29 terror sites in the Gaza Strip.

Motti Ashkenazi, a resident of Sderot, bemoaned life under rocket fire. “It’s impossible to live like this. Again and again the Code Red [siren] and seeking shelter,” he said. “Those who have not been here do not understand, but we have become accustomed to [it].”

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