Gaza Grad Missile Hits Home in Netivot

Terrorists from Gaza fire two Grad missiles at southern Israel. One hits a home in the city of Netivot.

By Elad Benari

First Publish: 9/9/2012, 4:07 AM  

Netivot home hit by GradItzik Ze'evi, News 24

Terrorists from Hamas-controlled Gaza fired two Grad missiles at southern Israel on Saturday night. One of the missiles hit a home in the city of Netivot.

A second missile, fired at the city of Be’er Sheva, exploded in an open area of the city.

Magen David Adom treated seven people who suffered injuries from the rocket attacks. Three of them fell in Be’er Sheva as they were running towards a protected space. Four other people suffered from shock.

On Wednesday evening, the IDF foiled an attempt by Gaza-based terrorists to fire a rocket at southern Israel. IAFaircraft hit a terrorist squad in central Gaza, as it was making final preparations to fire a rocket.

The IDF noted that the squad had been involved in previous rocket attacks on southern Israel. A direct hit at the targets was identified.

Saturday night’s attack was the second time in a little over a week that a terrorist rocket hit a home. Last Friday morning, PA Arab terrorists attacked southern Israel with rocket fire that struck a house in Sderot. No one was physically wounded but a resident was hospitalized in a state of shock.

Missile Attack Survivor: This Was a Miracle



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 hisbedroom. 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 beatingfast,” 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 forshock, and three people were evacuated to Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva, according to Magen David Adom.