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Miracle in Kfar Darom, Gush Katif Under Fire

Arutz Sheva August 28, 2003

A violent night in Jewish Gaza: seven mortar shells at Kfar Darom, and other
Jewish communities were attacked with gunfire. A shell landed on a building
in which dozens of people were watching a movie – yet no one was hurt.

In one of the most violent nights in Jewish Gaza in recent memory, no fewer
than seven mortar shells were fired at Kfar Darom, and other Jewish communities
were attacked with gunfire. One shell landed on a building in which dozens of
people were watching a movie – yet no one was hurt.

A group of about 30 men from Kfar Darom gathered last night in the “Torah and
Land of Israel Museum” to watch the movie “Adjusting Sights,” based on a book
by Rabbi Chaim Sabato describing the experiences of a religious soldier
during the Yom Kippur War. A tremendous boom suddenly rocked the building: a shell
smashed through the roof of the two-story building and through the second
floor, landing on the ground floor. No one was hurt. “The viewers took a break
from the movie in order to watch the ‘real thing,'” reported, “amazed
and thankful at the tremendous miracle they had just experienced.”

Dror Aryeh, one of those watching the movie, told Arutz-7 this morning, “As
we were watching the explosions of war on the movie, we heard a shell fall not
far from the building. A few seconds later, another shell fell on the museum,
about five feet from the room in which we were sitting. The bomb fell through
the roof and through the next floor, causing tremendous damage, shrapnel, and
smoke. Separating us from the museum was only a thin plasterboard wall, which
shrapnel penetrated and even passed only centimeters from our heads. It is
very hard to explain – except that it was a pure miracle…”

Asked what they did, Dror said, “We first made sure that no one was hurt, and
then we acted according to the procedure, running towards a more protected
area – even though we had thought that we were already in a protected area…
Only three days ago, a shell fell near a house here in Kfar Darom, destroying
the outer window. The window fell in, as did shrapnel, and again by a miracle no
one was inside at the time.” Despite all, he said that life continues as
usual, and that six new families are even moving in this summer.

In other incidents last night, terrorists and soldiers exchanged fire,
sometimes for long durations, in various places throughout Gush Katif and other
areas of Jewish Gaza. No one was hurt.

The attacks continued this morning, with shots at a convoy of cars driving
from Netzarim to Karni; no one was hurt. IDF troops discovered, and neutralized,
three explosive devices adjacent to the fence near the greenhouses of Moshav
Ganei Tal.

IDF forces destroyed the home of an Islamic Jihad terrorist near Jenin last
night. He was one of two Arabs who infiltrated Moshav Gadish, south of Afula,
this past January and murdered Eli Biton, 48, father of four, and wounded four
others. The two terrorists took cover for over an hour and a half in one of
the community’s homes, until they were finally killed by security forces.

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