‘The rocket sirens were blazing’

Rockets seen fired by Palestinian militants in Gaza, into Israel  on July 8, 2014. Photo by Nati Shohat/ Flash90

Rockets seen fired by Palestinian militants in Gaza, into Israel on July 8, 2014. Photo by Nati Shohat/ Flash90

My sister, Sasha, sent this account of a Hamas rocket attack today:

Just before 8 this morning [Thursday, July 10] on the way back from Ben-Gurion Airport on the Ayalon [freeway] to Tel Aviv, the rocket sirens were blazing. I was in a state of shock and almost disbelief that the sirens were going off on my way back to Tel Aviv. I suddenly realized what was going on as I put my window down and heard the sirens blasting and every single car on the highway pulling over.

As I looked to my left, a woman was crouched down, hysterically crying. My cab driver and I pulled over and immediately crouched down on the ground next to the car. We did so for a few minutes.

As every person was down on the ground with not a single car moving, we heard a loud boom overhead — the Iron Dome shooting down the four rockets which were aimed towards the Tel Aviv area, shot using long-range missiles from Hamas in Gaza.

My heart was racing, as I was in disbelief and shock that this was happening. After the loud boom we stayed on the ground for a few minutes longer until everyone got back in their cars and resumed their commute towards Tel Aviv as usual.

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