On Sunday afternoon, it finally happened. Anti-tank missiles were fired at an Israel Defense Forces base and at several military vehicles from Lebanon toward Moshav Avivim in the Upper Galilee. Israeli military responded to the attack by launching approximately 100 artillery shells at the sources of fire, fueling a small-scale border flare-up.
"I was hanging laundry outside, when suddenly a missile flew over our heads,” said Dvora Biton, a mother of four - Daniel; Tahel, Ariel and Yanay - who spent the afternoon in a local bomb shelter with six other families.
"I just picked up Daniel from kindergarten, the other kids came home earlier, because it was the first day of school. We live right on the border, and there were no rocket alert sirens, with everyone just running wherever they had to,” she said. “The military base in the moshav was on fire.”
The Biton family went through a terrible tragedy two weeks ago after Dvora’s husband, 39-year-old Avishai who served in the Military Rabbinate, was killed in a car crash on his way to an education lecture in Jerusalem.
The experience has left Dvora’s daughter Tahel, who on Sunday started the second grade of elementary school, very upset. "The entire day was terrible,” said the eight-year-old. “I lost my dad two weeks ago and now we're sitting in a bomb shelter.
Tahel, however, remains defiant, saying although the situation isn’t “easy,” she is “not afraid.”