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Sun trumps rockets in Ashdod

City residents ignore rocket threat, flock to beach on summerlike weekend

Polina Perlman Published: 04.16.11

Residents of Ashdod refused to allow the Grad rockets that exploded in the city Friday affect their weekend plans, as many locals spent the unusually sunny day at the beach enjoying the warm weather.

Residents of Ashdod and neighboring towns were startled early Friday evening by a siren, after two rockets were launched from Gaza at the southern city. The two Grads exploded in the Ashdod area, one of them near a residential neighborhood and another further away.


"I was a bit worried," admitted Nadav Attias, 29, who arrived at the Ashdod beach on Saturday with his girlfriend. "But I won't let hostilities dictate my life."


Attias, currently living in Beersheba, came to visit his parents in Ashdod over the weekend when the grad missiles exploded.

"We heard a big explosion and ran down the stairs," he said. "Yet the situation hasn't changed my plans. I've been living under constant fear ever since I went to school in Sapir, then Sderot and now in Beersheba."

The IDF retaliated Friday night by attacking two bases belonging to Hamas' military wing, Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades.


However, another Ashdod resident, Katty, opted to stay at home with her children while her husband went to the beach.


"I didn't think it was safe to take the children to an unsecure place like the beach, where there is no fortification. I go out during the day but only to places that have secured rooms," she said.








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Click to view image: 'Ashdod beach on Saturday '

Click to view image: 'One of the rockets that hit Ashdod Friday '

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  • most of the reports consider the coastal city of ashdod as part of 'southern israel', but actually it is located in central israel, only 20-25 km south of tel-aviv. togheter with other central places which were hit by grads (gadera,yavne) it is the most longest range target by missiles from gaza so far.

    i had the chance to travel couple of times to ashdod or ashdod area, during times of intensive escalation (like cast lead) when it absorbed rockets almost on a daily basis and it felt quite we More..

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    • @crassmockery - it's not constant fear. People actually have lives and live them - family, friends, jobs etc. Stress is part of living in the Middle East. You kind of get used to it but it's always in the recesses of your mind ready to spring into action should fast decisions need to be made.

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  • Well they sure picked a dumb place to live.

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  • surf's up ... stop the war !!

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  • surf's up ... stop the war !!

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  • If they are not worried, then why did the photos showed so many foxholes on the beach?? Huh? Huh?

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  • needs white phosphorous for fast tanning !!!

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