Tami Tuchman, whose home sustained light damages, said she and her dog fled for their family's bomb shelter when the Color Red rocket alert system sounded through the kibbutz. "We were standing in there and then heard a loud whistle, I've never heard one so loud. Then there was the biggest explosion, I was sure it had landed in my back yard," she said.
Tuchman, who is 61, said that half the kibbutz's homes lack the appropriate fortification. She said that despite the incessant rocket attacks, her fellow kibbutz members had no thoughts about leaving. "We just encourage each other. It does frustrate us… in a moment or two they'll probably be another Color Red. This is our life. But despite it all I have no thoughts about leaving."
Earlier Thursday two rockets were fired and landed near Sderot in Shaar HaNegev Regional Council. No injuries or damage were reported.
Following the Qassam fire Defense Minister Ehud Barak decided to cancel the transfer of humanitarian aid to the Strip.
At 9:30 am the Red Alert was sounded in Sderot's market and caused a panic among shop-owners and shoppers, who ran to find cover.
Sderot's new mayor, David Buskila, said Wednesday that "unfortunately there is a sense of abandonment, especially at this time in which the government is standing before an election and is promoting an illusion of peace at the expencse of Sderot's residents."