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Israel: Mortar shells from Gaza strike Israeli kindergarten02:29

Israel: Mortar shells from Gaza strike Israeli kindergarten

Israel, Eshkol Regional Council communty
May 29, 2018 at 18:38 GMT +00:00 · Published

Journalist: "Do you feel that this is going to go, get worse, do you think there is going to be an escalation?"

SOT, Ari Field, Local resident: "Of course there is going to be an escalation, and I'll surprise you, it's better sooner than later. Not because we want it but the government on the other side, the democratically elected government on the other side, is a radical Islamic terrorist organisation. So if they are quiet for a couple of months, they didn't let go of the philosophy or ideology. Their charter talks, blaming the Jews on everything, from the Russian to the French revolution. So, of course it is going to get worse not because we want it, but because their goal is to kill and it's very sad and it's going to get worse, sooner than later is better."

A barrage of 28 mortar shells were fired from Gaza on Tuesday, with one mortar shell landing in the playground of a kindergarten in Southern Israel’s Eshkol Regional Council communities.

Ori Cohen, who witnessed the event, gave his recollection of events.

"I don't know to describe it, but when I ran to the shelter I felt the entire kibbutz shaking from the bombs. There was a massive noise. It was scary and then I realised that the missile TOWs hit in the kibbutz," Cohen said.

When asked if this attack would lead to an escalation between Hamas – the Islamist militant group running Gaza – and Israel, Ari Feld, resident of the Israeli settlement of Erfrat in the West Bank, was clear. "Of course it is going to get worse not because we want it, but because their goal is to kill and it’s very sad and it's going to get worse, sooner than later is better."

The Israeli Defense Forces' "Iron Dome" missile defense system managed to intercept several rockets. It also sent retaliatory strike into the Gaza Strip.

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Journalist: "Do you feel that this is going to go, get worse, do you think there is going to be an escalation?"

SOT, Ari Field, Local resident: "Of course there is going to be an escalation, and I'll surprise you, it's better sooner than later. Not because we want it but the government on the other side, the democratically elected government on the other side, is a radical Islamic terrorist organisation. So if they are quiet for a couple of months, they didn't let go of the philosophy or ideology. Their charter talks, blaming the Jews on everything, from the Russian to the French revolution. So, of course it is going to get worse not because we want it, but because their goal is to kill and it's very sad and it's going to get worse, sooner than later is better."

A barrage of 28 mortar shells were fired from Gaza on Tuesday, with one mortar shell landing in the playground of a kindergarten in Southern Israel’s Eshkol Regional Council communities.

Ori Cohen, who witnessed the event, gave his recollection of events.

"I don't know to describe it, but when I ran to the shelter I felt the entire kibbutz shaking from the bombs. There was a massive noise. It was scary and then I realised that the missile TOWs hit in the kibbutz," Cohen said.

When asked if this attack would lead to an escalation between Hamas – the Islamist militant group running Gaza – and Israel, Ari Feld, resident of the Israeli settlement of Erfrat in the West Bank, was clear. "Of course it is going to get worse not because we want it, but because their goal is to kill and it’s very sad and it's going to get worse, sooner than later is better."

The Israeli Defense Forces' "Iron Dome" missile defense system managed to intercept several rockets. It also sent retaliatory strike into the Gaza Strip.

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