Monday, December 26, 2005

Rocket lands near kindergarten Channukah party

From Ynet:

Chanuka miracle? A Chanukah party attended by kindergarten children and their parents in kibbutz Sa'ad was disrupted Monday after the activation of the "Red Dawn" alert system was followed by an exploding Qassam rocket nearby.

No injuries were reported in the latest rocket attack. Another Qassam landed Monday afternoon south of Ashkelon.

"This was a big miracle, because the Qassam rocket landed at a very small distance from the kindergarten during the Chanukah party," community director Sarah Evron said. "We must recall that kindergartens and all other educational facilities at Sa'ad are not fortified. Obviously, after (the attack) the party ended."

This was not the first time a Qassam rocket lands at the southern kibbutz, but up to now residents asked that the community's name not be published by the media. However, the residents are apparently sick and tired of the long wait for fortification, anger that only intensified Monday after fortification work began at a nearby IDF base.

"We've been waiting long months for a solution in terms of fortification. It feels as though soldiers who are not protected immediately prompt fortification work, but we must remember we have children growing up here on the border," Evron said. "In our view, we must first protect children and only then soldiers."