Crushed kitchen and sirens sound, Israeli family hold on after rocket hits
The Vaizel family long believed that it was only a matter of time before their home was hit by a rocket from Gaza.
So after it happened, roaming their kitchen wall, they stayed, trying to maintain some semblance of normal life even as new sirens forced them to rush to the bomb shelter.
An outbreak of fighting on May 10 saw more than 4,300 rockets launched by Islamist militants into the Gaza Strip, salutes of unprecedented intensity for southern Israel even as its forces pounded the Palestinian enclave . Read more
“Sad to say, but we got used to it,” said Adi Vaizel, 50, a widower father of four. “Every few years we have this routine. It’s unpleasant but, you know, we live in a place that’s near a border, near a country that we’re in conflict with.”
He added: “This tour has been particularly difficult.”
Sirens sounded as the family greeted a Reuters television crew. Everyone – including their Labrador named Shluk – herded into a walled room in the basement, which saved them from the rocket attack on Sunday. Read more
When it all sounded, they were back upstairs, preparing food with improvised equipment in the crumbling kitchen.
“There is still some fear, as they continue to fire rockets,” said Shai, Vaizel’s 17-year-old son. “But I think it won’t help if we go somewhere else. This is our home.”
The rockets killed 12 people in Israel, authorities said. Health officials in Gaza say 232 Palestinians, including 65 children, have been killed in Israeli shelling.
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