Tair Sassy, the manager of Nir Am, one of Meir Panim’s Youth Centers in Sderot, was brainstorming different ways to celebrate Israel Independence Day when the alarms began to sound.
Hamas sources claimed an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire between Israel and Hamas went into effect at 10:45 p.m. Thursday, but Israeli sources have yet to confirm this. If it is indeed in place, the ceasefire would end two days of hostilities which saw almost 200 projectiles fired at Israel by Hamas and IDF retaliations which hit more… Read more »
Red alert sirens sounded nearly non-stop overnight on Wednesday and early Thursday, as approximately 200 rockets and mortars were fired at Israel from Gaza, wounding 19 Israelis. The initial barrage of eight rockets landed inside the city of Sderot, hitting a house and wounding a man and a 13-year-old boy. According to Barzilai Medical Center, six people were treated for physical wounds and nine were treated for shock.
U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman was in Sderot to publicly thank 10 American firefighters. They volunteered to help their Israeli colleagues battle raging fires started by arson kites and balloons sent from Hamas-controlled Gaza. “They have shown the amazing solidarity between the American people and the Israeli people,” said Friedman.
“With war continuing to rage within view of Sderot’s residents, children in this area are already like war veterans,” Danielle Rubin, Director for American Friends of Meir Panim charity organization told Breaking Israel News. “We must help to keep them safe and hopeful for their future under these very trying circumstances.”