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Sunday, March 30, 2008
Qassam damages nursery, children unharmed - rushed from yard with only seconds to spare

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 YNET Published: 03.28.08, 14:27 / Israel News
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3524713,00.html

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.

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."

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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