Kibbutz Miracle: Mother And Children Saved From Rocket In Their Bed

A rocket fired towards the western Negev this morning exploded through the roof of a house and landed on a bed in which were sleeping a mother and two children - and no one was hurt.

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A rocket fired towards the western Negev this morning exploded through the roof of a house and landed on a bed in which were sleeping a mother and two children - and no one was hurt. "It's simply a miracle," said the local police commander. "There's no explanation how four people escape such a thing without a scratch."

The father later told the story to Ynet:
"I was sleeping upstairs with two children, and my wife was sleeping downstairs with our 10-year-old son at her side, a one-month-old baby in her arms and another child in another bed in the same room. At 5:50 I heard a tremendous boom, and the entire house shook. I ran down, and when I entered the room, I couldn't understand what was going on. There was a burnt smell. My wife came out right away with the baby, and I went into the smoke and took out the other two. We were all in shock at first. The 10-year-old had pieces of plaster fall on him. My wife was burnt in her hand from the Kassam, because it penetrated the roof and got stuck in the middle of the bed - in the empty space between her and my son lying next to her. When she woke up from the blast, she put out her hand to my son - but she touched the Kassam instead and was lightly burned. She is a real heroine. I thank G-d for saving my family."


The family was moved to another house in the kibbutz, which belongs to the Religious Kibbutz Movement, and social workers have already visited.

IDF sources said that the rocket was fired from Jebalya, some eight kilometers (five miles) to the west of Saad. IDF forces are currently stationed around Beit Hanoun - to the north of Jebalya - in an effort to prevent the firing of Kassam rockets.

Yesterday, another rocket landed adjacent to the kibbutz, causing no damage. Local residents say that of late, the Arab-fired rockets have shown improvements. What used to be crude pipes with explosives are now designed with wing-like additions, and are fired further and with more precision.

Two people in the western Negev city of Sderot were killed in a Kassam rocket attack last month. As a result, the IDF initiated Operation Forward Shield, and deployed forces around the PA-controlled city of Beit Hanoun, from where dozens of Kassams had been fired.

In other Gaza incidents today, four mortar shells were fired at the southern Gush Katif town of N'vei Dekalim, causing no casualties or damage... IDF soldiers detected a rocket connected to a tripwire trigger about 150 meters from an outpost on the Egyptian border. The rocket was detonated without incident... A mortar rocket landed near the Erez Crossing facility in Gaza without injuries... This afternoon in northern Israel, an Arab terrorist stabbed a soldier, who was taken to Poriyah Hospital in moderate-to-serious condition.




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