A Sderot kindergarten building was badly damaged and two Israelis were treated for shock late Friday night after Gaza terrorists launched a Qassam rocket attack at the southern Israeli city.
About 15 seconds after residents were awakened by the wail of the Red Alert rocket alert, the “boom!” that comes with a rocket impact was heard — and felt — in the Gaza Belt city.
Families in Sderot and the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council district, and in Sapir College were forced to “wake up and run” for safe spaces late Friday night when the siren activated at 11 pm.
The rocket landed just a few seconds later.
Rocket strike in city of Sderot in south. 1 explosion heard. Heavy damage caused to building. Police units at scene. pic.twitter.com/CeC0XedWTq
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Although religious observant families were wrapping up the Sabbath night meals and getting ready for bed at the time, many other secular Jews with young children were already fast asleep. Parents were forced to tear their children from beds to make a run for the bomb shelters — an exercise that has become second nature to many, and which triggers a flood of fear in too many more.
The kindergarten building that sustained a direct hit — badly damaged — was empty at the time, and no one was physically injured in the attack.
But medics from the Magen David Adom emergency medical response service treated two people who were near the impact site, both for shock.
Police units were deployed to the scene.
At the time of this writing — prior to the start of the Sabbath in New York — officers were ordered to remain on site.