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October 30, 2005

The IAF's sonic boom campaign over Gaza

Would you believe that Israelis living near Gaza can hear the booms, too? And that it is having them same effect on them as the Arabs in Gaza?

“All day long there are booms. It is most frightening during the night; you have to sleep really well not to wake up from them," Kibbutz Nirim Secretary Horatio Winitzky says. “The children are scared because they don’t understand, but the adults are also afraid,” Winitzky adds. “We are trying to continue with the daily routine, but it is very unpleasant to live like this.”

Aryeh Itzik, a resident of nearby kibbutz Nir-Oz, which is situated along the border with Gaza south of the Kissufim crossing, told Ynet that, “Today (Saturday) the supersonic booms began at 7 a.m.; they were our wakeup call. The blasts occur every 20 minutes to an hour, and it sounds as though a bomb is falling right into the house.”

“Last week, on the eve of the second Sukkot holiday, the alert system was activated due to a real Qassam attack in the area, and we were told to remain in our homes. This was the first time something like this has happened since I came to the kibbutz in 1971,” he said.

Last week, in light of the Qassam warnings, we were prevented from working in the fields close to the (security) fence for two days; it is obvious that when you don’t tend to the fields for two days the produce is damaged.”

As was predicted, the frontline has simply shifted a bit. And the Israeli air force's sound-and-lights show over Gaza has done little but keep the people they're trying to protect awake at night.

Posted by Matt at October 30, 2005 10:18 AM

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