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Friday, August 22, 2014

Hamas rocket hits synagogue in Ashdod, Hamas rocket just misses kindergarten, shots fired at Jerusalem home

Three people were wounded by shrapnel on Friday when a Hamas rocket slammed into a synagogue in Ashdod.
A rocket fired by terrorists in Gaza has caused considerable damage to a synagogue in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod.
Paramedics from the United Hatzalah and Magen David Adom emergency organizations rushed to the scene, after a massive explosion was heard. Three people were injured and have been evacuated for further medical treatment after receiving first aid.
Medical sources described two of the victims as males, aged 25 and 26, who suffered shrapnel injuries to their extremities. They have been evacuated to the Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot.
The third victim, a 40-year-old woman, suffered injuries to her torso, and has been evacuated to Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon.
Several others were treated at the scene for shock.
A short while later, a Hamas rocket landed just 12 meters (about 39 feet) from a packed Kindergarten in the western Negev.
A five-rocket salvo saw the Iron Dome intercept two rockets over Ashkelon. Three rockets struck the western Negev; one of them landed just 12 meters (roughly feet) from a packed kindergarten. Luckily, all children and staff are safe; the building was protected from rocket fire and all of the occupants were in safe areas. 
The near-miss follows Education Minister Shai Piron's assertion Thursday that the school year would continue as usual, despite the ongoing rocket fire on civilians. 
“The school year will begin as planned. We are prepared for any security-related occurrences,” the MK explained. “During the first two weeks of the school year, the education system will not be occupied with regular teaching, but rather with activities to dissipate the tensions and with discussions surrounding the events of the summer, including the arousal and demonstration of racism and incitement.”
The Ashklelon and Be'er Sheva Regional Councils have all pledged to ignore Piron's statement, according to Walla! News, citing security concerns and potential psychological toll on the area's children.  
This is the third time a rocket has struck near a school. The previous rocket strike wounded a 33 year-old man on Thursday, as he heroically was protecting children from the missile with his own body.
And here in Jerusalem, shots were fired from the Arab 'refugee camp' at Shuafat into a home in the neighborhood of Pisgat Zev.
As Gaza terrorists kept up their rocket war against Israel on Friday, terrorists in the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat apparently opened a salvo of their own, shooting at a Jewish home in the adjacent Pisgat Ze'ev neighborhood.
Police arrived in the neighborhood after receiving reports of gunshots heard from Shuafat.
A bullet was found by the doorway of a Pisgat Ze'ev home, having hit the home and fallen to the ground; no one was injured in the incident.
A search is being conducted by police forces in the area to try and locate the perpetrator of the shooting attack.
There has been a growing concern over rising terrorism from Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction, based on an ever more open call for terror by the group accompanied by numerous terror attacks.
Shabbat Shalom to all of you. As we try to stay safe here in Israel, your prayers on our behalf are greatly appreciated. 

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