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WATCH: US student's close brush with Gaza mortar fire
Michael Wagnon, 25-year-old from Arkansas studying lives of people in conflict zones, recorded a salvo while seeking shelter.
An American student from Arkansas, currently living in southern Israel, documented a salvo of mortar rounds fired at Eshkol from Gaza.

 

 

The ringing of the mortar round through the air and the shockwave of its explosion present the stark reality faced by Gaza-border residents for the past 14 years.

 

צילום: Michael Wagnon

WATCH: An American student's close brush with Gaza mortar fire

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Michael Wagnon, a 25-year-old student, is in Israel for a project on the life of residents in conflict zones. Wagon, who studies history at Hawaii Pacific University, said he filmed the clip at around 10:30 am in the kibbutz where he has been residing for the past month.

 

25-year-old US student, Micael Wagnon (Photo: Michael Wagnon)
25-year-old US student, Micael Wagnon (Photo: Michael Wagnon)

 

"It wasn't the first time I was caught in a mortar or a missile attack," Wagnon told Ynet, "but it was one of the more central that hit the kibbutz."

 

"There was only a few seconds' warning. It happened so fast we were running barefooted and without shirts," he said of his experience, "It was very dangerous we had shrapnel and dust and things flying; everywhere it was insanely loud."

 

Wagnon said there was no nearby shelter for him to find cover. "It was very chaotic, everyone was very afraid, there is a shelter here near the football field but we were very far. I was kind of in the open when it happened."

 

Barel Efraim contributed to this report.

 


First published: 25.08.14, 15:15
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