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Nursery in Kibbutz Nir Am on Friday Photo: Ze'ev Trachtman
Nursery in Kibbutz Nir Am on Friday Photo: Ze'ev Trachtman

Qassam damages nursery, children unharmed

Palestinian rocket shatters windows of kibbutz nursery but children managed to take cover in bomb shelter prior to impact. 'We were very fortunate that none of the children were injured but they were very frightened. This is the reality they have to deal with,' says kibbutz nurse

Shmulik Hadad
Published: 03.28.08, 14:27 / Israel News

Three Qassam rockets were launched from northern Gaza towards Israel on Friday by noon, with one of the rockets narrowly missing a nursery in Kibbutz Nir Am.


The rockets were fired several short hours after IDF soldiers killed a Hamas gunman in an exchange of fire in southern Gaza.


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The nursery in question is intended for toddlers aged one and half to two. The nurse for the children's homes, Orna Schwartz, told Ynet of the ordeal: "The children were in the yard when the rocket alarm sirens sounded. We rushed to bring them into the bomb shelter and then we heard a loud explosion."

Father picks up his son from nursery following attack (Photo: Ze'ev Trachtman)


Another rocket landed near the town of Sderot, causing no injuries or damage. Palestinian terror groups also fired a mortar shell towards the Negev in the morning hours, which landed near the security fence along the border with the Strip.


"All the windows shattered, pictures fell from the walls and there was a great panic. We have a fortified roof but not full reinforcement," said Schwartz, adding that it was a miracle no one was wounded.


"We were very fortunate that none of the children were injured but they were very frightened. This is the

reality they have to deal with," she said.


A kibbutz member told Ynet that terrified parents rushed to the nursery to pick up their children.


The Salah al-Din Brigades, the military wing of the Popular Resistance Committees, claimed responsibility for the attack.


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