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A grad rocket just landed 100 yards from my brother in law

post #1 of 15
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He just phoned us, running over, to help the injured. He lives in the town of Ashkelon, which is as of this week, officially within rockets range.

Not sure how many people know this, but since Israel withdrew from the territories, the Palestinians shot several thousands of rockets into Israel from there. It used to be simple kassam rockets, because they didn't have anything better. It's why Israel was keeping a rather tight blockade around Gaza, to stop them from bringing in anything with a larger range. With the qassam, basically one town of 10,000 inhabitants was within range.

A few weeks ago, the Palestinians broke the border between Gaza and Egypt, supposedly to bring in food and medicine. Well, looks like along with those they did what the IDF said they would do and brought in an arsenal of better rockets, probably with experts who learned in Iran how to operate them (these are definitely Iranian rockets btw).

So, as of last week, Ashkelon, a town with 120,000 inhabitants has been fired on daily. Those grad missiles are a whole lot nastier, so there's a much heavier number of casualties. My BIL and his wife live there, and she's a nurse at the local hospital, so she got to treat all the injured people flowing in. The hospital itself is a target as well, so she gets to hear some pretty close ones.

My BIL is an ex major in the IDF (in combat positions). He kept talking with DH (his brother) on the phone today and yesterday, telling us how close the rockets are. Half an hour ago, he phoned to tell us a grad has landed 100 yards from where they live, and he's running over to help the injured. Haven't heard from him yet, sigh.

This is so crazy. I know some people think of Israel as this war zone, but honestly, we live a fairly normal life and this new situation is pretty unbearable for the people who live there in the south. It also means there is an increasing likelihood of a major Israeli retaliation against Gaza, who knows, maybe to the point of taking over the whole place again, yuck. Which would mean my own husband would be called in for who knows how long, sigh.

Anyway, not even sure if this is the right forum for all of this... Mods, feel free to move it if you think it isn't I feel a bit too distracted to think about it right now.
post #2 of 15
Oh goodness, Anne, you and yours will surely remain in my thoughts. I hope that you will all remain healthy and your husband does not get sent away from you for too long, and that things go back to being relatively peaceful soon. I can only imagine how hard it must be on a daily basis- you are such a strong woman.
post #3 of 15
I've been following the news stories, and hate to see things escalating the way they are: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7268876.stm

I hope your b-i-l and his family remain safe.
post #4 of 15
I have been reading about this, this morning. It is awful. Your family will be in my prayers.
post #5 of 15
How scary...many good thoughts and prayers coming your way
post #6 of 15
Anne, I am sending many prayers for your family as well. How terribly scary

post #7 of 15
Oh my...you & your family are in our thoughts & prayers. Many peaceful
post #8 of 15
Oh my goodness Anne - thats horrible.

If only world peace existed.

My thoughts are with you all at this time - please stay safe.
post #9 of 15
What a horrifying situation Anne.
post #10 of 15
How are things Anne?

You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Please stay safe.
post #11 of 15
Scary times, Anne. Please stay safe. My thoughts are with all of you.
post #12 of 15
I'm glad to see you're ok...I've been thinking of you and your family since I heard about this in the news.
post #13 of 15
Sadie woke me up really early this morning.
You and your family were on my mind Anne.

I am holding you all in my thoughts.
post #14 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thank you for all the good wishes everyone. Just wanted to add that myself and my immidiate family are all out of harm's way.
post #15 of 15
I'm happy that you and your family are safe.
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