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Ya’akov Yinon, 69, of Moshav Netiv Ha’asara in southern Israel, describes being forced to leave his home due to firing from Gaza

Yaakov Yinon and his granddaughter. Photo courtesy of the family. Here in Netiv Ha’asara we’ve been suffering for 14 years from the firing of rockets and mortar shells. We’re the closest community to

Ruti Ben Abu, 56, describes how a Qassam rocket directly hit her home in Sderot, southern Israel, 14 July 2014

Ruth Ben Abu It was the third time a Qassam rocket directly hit our family. The first was about five years ago, when a rocket hit my brother's house. Three years ago, a rocket hit my parents' house. I

Yusra Abu Kaf from the Beduin community of Um Betin in the Negev describes life under rocket attacks with no protection

There’s no bomb alert in our village, but we can hear the alerts from Omer. Even though the village was recognized by the state a few years ago, there is nothing here to protect us. There are no secur

R. N., 57, who lives in Ashdod, southern Israel, describes life in constant fear of rocket fire

We've suffered from rocket fire since Operation Cast Lead in 2009, maybe even before – I can't really remember. When things are calm I'm not afraid, but at times like these, I'm afraid because we can'

Ety Levy, a single mother of four who lives in Ashkelon, southern Israel, describes life in fear under rocket attacks

I've lived in Ashkelon for six years now. I live with my four children in a state-subsidized building. The bomb shelter in our building is locked because of a disagreement between some tenants. We ask

Qassam rocket lands in Kibbutz Nir Am, southern Israel, 19 November 2012

Alex Ya’akobov, 26, a resident Kibbutz Nir Am in southern Israel, a film student at Sapir College, gave B’Tselem an eyewitness account of a Qassam rocket landing at Kibbutz Nir Am on Monday, 19 Novemb

Testimony: Life in southern Israel during Operation Pillar of Defense

Dr. Julia Chaitin, Lecturer, Department of Social Work, Sapir College, Resident of Kibbutz Urim in southern Israel Yesterday, 19 November 2012, I was supposed to go for a medical checkup at the town o

Testimony: Civilians injured in rocket attack near Ofakim, 18 November 2012

On Sunday 18 November 2012, Judi Ronen , a 58-year-old resident of Sde Nitzan was on her way home from Soroka Hospital in Beersheba where she works as a midwife. On the road just outside the city of O

Testimonies: Grad rocket hits Beersheba apartment building, 20 November 2012

On the morning of 20 November 2012, the seventh day of Operation Pillar of Defense, a Grad rocket landed near an apartment building in Beersheba, in southern Israel, extensively damaging a vehicle and

Testimony: Rocket from Gaza hits yard of home in southern Israel while resident inside in her secure room, 17 November 2012

Estela, 65, who lives in the Eshkol region in southern Israel, described to B’Tselem how a rocket landed in her yard on Saturday, 17 November 2012, the fourth day of Operation Pillar of Defense: Aroun