Yeshiva Head: Thank G-d, No One Hurt - But No Thanks to Gov´t

Five more rockets were fired at Sderot and the western Negev today, with one landing just outside the office of the Yeshiva dean in Sderot. No one was hurt.

Hillel Fendel, | updated: 12:48

The Kassam rocket attacks on the citizens of Sderot and other Negev towns continue incessantly. Two rockets hit Kibbutz Be'eri, causing light damage to a barn. Another rocket rained down on the Hesder Yeshiva in Sderot shortly before 10 AM.

"I was in my office preparing for a class," Yeshiva Dean Rabbi David Fendel said, "and I heard the shriek of the rocket with which we have become so familiar. A few seconds later, it smashed down just two meters away, with a tremendous crash."

Hundreds of students were in the study hall at the time, and they say that the uneventful results of the rocket were a "miracle." "When they arrived on the scene and saw the rocket and its thick, black smoke," eyewitnesses said, "they immediately broke out in song and thanksgiving to G-d at the great miracle that had occurred."

"No one was hurt, thank G-d - but no thanks to our government," the Rosh Yeshiva said. "The government is busy apologizing about what happened yesterday, instead of making sure the same thing doesn't happen to its own citizens. What is needed is to retake the areas of Dugit and Elei Sinai from where our army ran away last year - what is called a proper Zionist response - or else the terrorists will continue to think they will succeed in throwing us out of Sderot, just as they did from Gush Katif."

Michael Siman-Tov, an administrator in the yeshiva who was also in the offices at the time, told Arutz-7, "I head the shriek and immediately ran to the shelter. I don't usually do that , but after yesterday's rockets, which landed nearby, I decided to make a run for it. Running outside in the open might be considered taking a chance, but on the other hand, being inside these flimsy buildings is also like being outside..."

The yeshiva students often make their way to the sites of Kassam landings to offer their support, and just yesterday they held a protest-prayer service not far from where a rocket landed just hours before. Today, they did not have far to go.

The IDF reported that it had liquidated the head of the Kassam production enterprise in Gaza, Ahmed Awad of Hamas, in a Wednesday night offensive.

Following the IDF's anti-Kassam "Operation Autumn Clouds," army sources said that the offensive had been successful and that the rocket launching cells had been pushed out of Beit Hanoun - less than two aerial kilometers from Sderot - and to the south. It was also stated that the accuracy of the Kassam launchings had been impaired. The people of Sderot, however, have not felt any difference in the quantity or accuracy of the rockets upon their town over the past few weeks.

Chaim, a resident of one of the Kibbutzim in the area, told Army Radio today that life in the area has been operating under the dark fear of Kassam rockets. "No one can promise what type of psychological damage the children will suffer for having to hide under chairs every time a rocket is fired," he said. A 13-year-old boy was lightly wounded by a rocket yesterday, and several Sderot residents were hurt by shrapnel.




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