Eyewitness: What are we witnessing?
13:24 Dec 27
We were taking our Saturday walk – out of the kibbutz and towards the orange groves when we heard 9 booms in quick succession. When we turned around to look for signs of smoke, we saw grey smoke circling upward from the west. From the sound of the booms, it seemed fairly clear that it was the Israeli side taking action.
After 20 minutes, we started to get text messages confirming that it was the beginning of a military maneuvre and that we should be ready to take cover in shelters.
Now that we’re home, we’re tuned to Sky News and see that 140 residents of Gaza have been killed and about 200 wounded.
We’ve been told that we can find shelter in our Children’s Houses which are protected, and that we should stay close to any shelters on the kibbutz.
Update: 14:34, Dec 27
There’ve been Red Alerts as far east as Kiryat Gat. They’ve had their first qassam. Ashkelon has had some qassams. Netivot suffered a direct hit with one killed and 5 wounded. So far, on Nir Oz, we’re okay
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Judih, Kibbutz Nir-Oz, Otef Aza