School Bells and Rocket Sirens

Although the third Hamas-Israel ceasefire is still in effect, Sderot schoolchildren began the 2009 school year both excited and yet apprehensive. Two days before the doors to Sderot’s nine schools opened, two rockets fired from Gaza triggered the city’s rocket warning system known as the Color Red siren, and sent residents racing for a shelter on Sunday evening, August 30.

“I was scared but not surprised,” says Rotem, a 16-year-old Sderot student, beginning eleventh grade at a local Sderot high school. “We know that the rocket attacks will begin again and I don’t think that anyone here really believes that the quiet will last. We’ve lived here [in Sderot] long enough to know that,” she says. Although the third Hamas-Israel ceasefire is still in effect, Sderot schoolchildren began the 2009 school year both excited and yet apprehensive.

Two days before the doors to Sderot’s nine schools opened, two rockets fired from Gaza triggered the city’s rocket warning system known as the Color Red siren, and sent residents racing for a shelter on Sunday evening, August 30.

“I was scared but not surprised,” says Rotem, a 16-year-old Sderot student, beginning eleventh grade at a local Sderot high school. “We know that the rocket attacks will begin again and I don’t think that anyone here really believes that the quiet will last. We’ve lived here [in Sderot] long enough to know that,” she says.

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