Belief helps Gaza border residents hang on during rocket attacks

Israel Palestinians

The interior of an apartment building sits destroyed after being hit by a rocket fired by Palestinian militants from Gaza, in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon, Israel, on Nov. 13, 2018. Gaza militants fired dozens of rockets at southern Israel early Tuesday, killing a man in a strike on a residential building, and warning they would escalate their attacks if Israel continues bombing targets in the Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Source: Religion News Service

BY Michele Chabin

ASHKELON, Israel (RNS) — The moment Judy Spanglet heard the words “Color Red” come over Israel’s incoming-rocket alert system, she rushed into her apartment’s concrete-reinforced “safe room” and bolted the heavy door.

Moments later her building shuddered as a Grad rocket landed in a park across the street.

The rocket damaged the other side of Spanglet’s building but caused no injuries.

“I thanked God that we weren’t hit and, later, that no one was hurt,” said Spanglet, a resident of this seaside city eight miles from the Gaza border.

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