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Missile Attack Survivor: This Was a Miracle

“This was a miracle,” said a Grad missile attack survivor, who was saved by an early-warning siren and a quick escape from his bedroom.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 9/9/2012, 10:38 AM

A 'miracle' no one was seriously hurt
A 'miracle' no one was seriously hurt
Israel news photo: Flash 90

“This was a miracle,” said Grad missile attack survivor Pinny Azoulai, who was saved by an early-warning siren and a quick escape from his bedroom. The rocket slammed into one home and damaged a neighboring house.

Azoulai told Army Radio Sunday he was sleeping at the time of the attack.

“I heard the siren and jumped out of bed and then ran to the entrance of the house,” He then decided he would be better protected in the bathroom, a move which may have saved his life.

“Just as I entered the bathroom, there was a loud explosion. My heart still is beating fast,” he said. He was surrounded by the debris of the collapsed house, which was a total loss. Azoulai still suffers from ringing in his ears.

His brother Yuval said, “His escape was a miracle. We have lived in this reality for a long time," he added. “This was a direct hit on the house, and we will not be living here for a long time.”

Ten people were treated for shock and physical injuries in the missile strikes on Netivot and later on Be’er Sheva, where the rocket fell in an open area.

Three people in Be’er Sheva suffered injuries when they fell while running to bomb shelters. Seven people, four in Be’er Sheva and three in Netivot, were treated for shock, and three people were evacuated to Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva, according to Magen David Adom.