Blogging from Beersheba in the aftermath of Saturday’s deadly Hamas rocket attack

The Gaza rocket on Saturday which destroyed a garage and part of the house on a small street in Beersheba, in southern Israel, and killed Yossi Shushan, 38, from the Israeli city of Ofakim, also ripped through the house next door, sending shrapnel and ball bearings through the wall and windows of the two-story home.

A hole in a chair of the kitchen, caused by shrapnel from the rocket which landed at a home next door, on a street in Beersheba

Shushan was on his way to pick up his wife, who is nine months pregnant, from her brother’s home in Beersheba, when the air raid siren sounded. He got out of his car, and, as he tried to run for cover, was hit by shrapnel from the exploding rocket. Shushan suffered a fatal injury to his head.

The home in Beersheba where the rocket landed

Further tragedy was averted when the IDF made the decision on Saturday night to cancel classes in all of the Negev city’s educational institutions on Sunday.  At 9AM this morning a Hamas Grad rocket a school for middle and high school students in Beersheba at 9 AM where 700 Israeli children were to attend an orientation, which would have begun at 8AM.

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