Friday, 10 August 2018 | Shalev Levi, 13, from Sderot, was the first on the scene to treat his father, who was moderately wounded on Wednesday when a Qassam rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed near him.
“I was in my room when the Code Red rocket alert was sounded, and my father shouted from outside, telling me to stay in the safe room. He was in the backyard, and then we heard another Code Red siren, and then an explosion,” he told Ynet.
“When I went to check what had happened, I saw fire from my sister’s room. I went to the living room, where all the windows were shattered, and then I saw that dad was bleeding from his hand,” Shalev recounted. “We went outside and he told me, ‘Hurry, look for something to tie around my arm.’ I saw a cloth on the floor and wrapped it around his arm.”
“Afterwards we asked our neighbors for help. He was semi-conscious. Then the ambulance came. It was a frightening experience,” he explained.
Shalev’s father, Avraham, 54, praised his son. “Just as I went down the first step, there was Code Red again. I didn’t have time to turn around when my arm flew back and was caught on something,” he recalled.
“I could not lower it, and then blood started coming out. My body was getting warm, and then Shalev came and took a cloth quickly and made me a tourniquet. He saved me,” explained Avraham.
Another Israeli wounded was Caroline Boniel, 31, from Sderot, who is five months pregnant with twins. While running to the safe room, she fell forward on her stomach.
“It happened at about 7:30-8:00 a.m. I heard the Code Red siren and then a launch by Iron Dome, which made a frightening sound, and that’s why I ran to the safe room. I fell on my stomach and also hurt my leg,” she told Ynet.
She said doctors are still running tests, and she was still in pain, but that otherwise she and her babies were okay.
Boniel also has a six-year-old daughter and a 15-month-old baby girl. “The baby doesn’t really understand what’s happening, but the girl does. Every time there’s a siren, she runs to the safe room, afraid, crying. It’s not easy.”
Dr. Iris Harel from the Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon said four pregnant women arrived at the hospital seeking treatment since Wednesday.
“Two were suffering from shock, mostly mental stress. Two others fell while running for shelter,” she said.
Ofer Hayat from Sderot, whose home suffered a direct hit, told Ynet that “We’re tired, hurting and scared. We had a real miracle here. The shrapnel went over my wife and daughter’s heads in the living room.”
“I have a nursery school here, and it’s a miracle this didn’t happen in the morning when they (the children) were here,” he added.
A Thai woman who works at a packaging factory was moderately-to-seriously wounded from a mortar shell that landed in the Eshkol Regional Council. The woman, in her 20’s, is suffering shrapnel wounds to her stomach.
The mortar shell landed at the opening of a residential structure near the packing house. “It fell near the entrance, and she must have been outside,” said Rafi Ben-David, who used to work at the factory as a foreman.
“They have a safe space inside, but it’s a matter of seconds” between the Code Red siren and the mortar shell landing, he explained.
Fourteen other workers lived there, but because it happened in the early morning hours, no one else was outside.
Ittai Shickman, Attila Somfalvi, Ilana Curiel, Avihai Marziano, Uriel Gur-David, Matan Tzuri and Roi Rubinstein contributed to this story.
Posted on August 10, 2018
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