July 14, 2006

Someone Unknown Recount of Bombings

Filed under: Tzfat bombings — Reb Moshe @ 3:05 pm

This e-mail is being circulated in Tzfat — to give outsiders an idea of
what’s happening here, and let the locals know where the missles hit.

The writer doesn’t mention last night’s 7:30p.m. katyusha landing in the
Artist Quarter, on the path that goes down tot he Resnik’s house. The
Mor family of 5 young children was taken to the hospital with varying
injuries…the last update is that they will all be OK. The missile
landed in their living room.

This morning, the katyushas that landed about 10:00a.m. were, evidently,
centered around Ibikur and the Pikud HaTzafon area.

“It’s 3 a.m. here and I can’t sleep, so I got up to write to you.

It has been quiet since I came back from the bomb shelter the second
time,
around 11:00 or 11:30 p.m., baruch Hashem.

We hear lots and lots of Israeli army airplanes overhead all evening and
all night long. The skies are full with them. Their steady, long
whirrrrrrr is a very comforting sound, and very different from the
sudden, loud whizzzzz and then BANG!!!! of the enemy’s ketusha rockets.
If they get too close, we hear a loud, shrill, long whistle as the
ketusha is coming down, before the bang.

The second wave of attacks at almost break-the-fast time, around 8:15
pm, came the closest to me. The one I heard the whistle on, crashed
just off Kikar Maginim. They tell me it was outside of Chernobyl Shul,
but I haven’t seen any of these yet to confirm. A few minutes later, a
man died when a ketusha crashed up the street the other way, about 3
blocks away
from me, where the Rimon Inn Road begins after you turn in from behind
the Midrachov. That’s half a block up from the Macabee Clinic & Bank
Poalim. Yes, Ida Lewis, it’s about a few meters from where you used to
park your car. The third rocket that hit in the second wave hit in the
Old City, just a few doors down from the Tachover Hedder, into a
house. I think no one was home, but I’m not sure.

The earlier, first wave of attacks this afternoon hit more strategic
places, and a home. The home was near the Jacksons somewhere on the
road up to Cana’an neighborhood (they’re OK). The more strategic hits
were the Community College, next to Gan Ha Ir, just after they sent all
the students home; either the Central Bus Station (a small part of it)
or
maybe just a bus stop somewhere near it– people aren’t saying the same
thing; a community center around the corner from the Wolfson Center
Clock Tower (not Beit Knesset Noam inside Wolfson,); a
housewares-electrical store called Beit Maimon; and somewhere on Rachov
Yershalayim, our one-way, one-lane, main street — Yoram said it hit
about 100 feet
from his produce store, but I can’t figure out where. And Yoram’s is
across the street from the Machon Alte (Chabad) Women’s Seminary, so I
can imagine the screaming of 20 or 30 young women.
>
After round two, which lasted until about 10:30 but no one left the
shelters until 11:00 pm just to be safe, we only heard occasional
distant hits, aiming at neighboring villages and towns, Hashem should
protect them.

>So now while some of us are sleeping, it’s an excellent time for you
Yidden across the oceans to be praying and saying tehillim on our
behalf.

People are still amazingly calm, even with the one or possibly two
fatalities in town, and one or two critically or seriously injured,
Hashem should heal them. One man was out walking his dog when I was
coming back from the bomb shelter. We even had tourists in town who ran
around to see where the shells had struck. I imagine some locals did
that too.

My friend’s husband was the one to unlock all the bomb shelters in our
>neighborhood. As soon as he got his family inside (and me), he went
out. He never did come in, except to check in on us. He was advising
people outside where the shelters were, directing them so that they
could safely get their families inside. I’m sure there were many
citizens like
>him, taking care of their neighbors, in every neighborhood.
It’ll be the quietest Shabbas in Tsfas in years. Everyone who had come
up
>to visit already left, and NOBODY is coming up who doesn’t live here.
My friends didn’t know what to do when I asked them yesterday to host an
additional two guests this Shabbas, plus the six that we had already
planned on. No problem now — there aren’t any guests! If it’s quiet,
people will shop and cook tomorrow. If not, it might be tuna fish for
Shabbas.

Most people are staying in their own homes. All the new homes have a
small bomb shelter in every apartment — mandatory building regulations.
And the old homes are pretty solid, so people are
staying in their downstairs rooms.

Wish I could be sending you more cheerful news. Maybe tomorrow, G-d
willing.”

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