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CBN Israel Bomb Shelters on Israel-Gaza Border Calm the Children, Give Sense of Security


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In the first hours of this new war, Hamas fired more than 2,000 rockets into Israel. So far, roughly 4,000 Palestinian rockets have been unleashed in the last three days.

Jewish communities near Gaza have endured these deadly attacks for years. But a few years ago, CBN Israel took a major step to help families feel safer when the alarms go off by providing bomb shelters.

Galit Kadosh and her family live on Moshav Yesha—one of many Israeli communities not far from the Gaza border. For years, they have faced the threat of rocket launches against southern Israel. But this community was given some life-saving protection, thanks to help from CBN Israel.

When a rocket is fired and a red alert sounds, they usually have about 10-15 seconds to run to their in-home bomb shelter. During a conflict last year, Galit heard the explosion only six seconds after the alarm.

“We love the area, it’s good for us. But you have this situation, again, you’re under pressure, you’re under stress. It’s impossible to get used to this situation. Every red alert you get a cardiac arrest and crazy pressure. It takes a little time to recover and calm your heart and then again,” Galit told CBN News at her home.

Her daughter Ella saw her eleventh birthday party canceled last year due to a lockdown.

“It doesn’t matter how much you live with this and hide you are panicked each time afresh and there’s nothing to do about this. I, for example, am very, very sad because I had all sorts of fun things planned to do on that day and it was all canceled,” Ella told CBN News.

“We adults can handle it. I run to the shelter, and everything is fine. I’m also stressed but I know how to calm down afterward. For the children it’s a little bit more difficult,” Galit added.

The stress can be even higher when the alarm sounds, and residents are away from home. Daniel Carlson says that’s where CBN Israel stepped in to help.  

“I would say that probably the very top priority for any resident of that area is the issue of security. They know the issue of rocket fire, spur of the moment, very short notice,” said Carlson, CBN Israel National Director.

In just over a year, CBN Israel provided more than 20 bomb shelters in strategic locations around the Gaza Strip. In the community of Yesha, it’s next to a tennis court about four miles from the Gaza border.

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“We were able to take bomb shelters and strategically place them near bus stops, kindergartens, community centers, swimming pools, anywhere where people are congregating so they can get to a shelter at a moment’s notice cause that’s the way that life is built down there,” Carlson told CBN News.

Last year, Galit told CBN the shelter placed in her community delivers a great benefit.

“First of all, thank you very much. It’s not something we take for granted. Lots of times, we have many surprises. You’re not prepared or you’re on the way to someplace. And we have this [bomb shelter] on the way. It calms the children and gives them security to go to the tennis court and play a little,” Galit said. 

Ella says even though the situation is scary she’s thankful for the protection.

“To run for a red alert is very, very stressful but it protects us. But I also understand that if it’s stressful for me, I have to deal with this because it protects me,” Ella shared.

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About The Author

Julie Stahl

Julie Stahl is a correspondent for CBN News in the Middle East. A Hebrew speaker, she has been covering news in Israel fulltime for more than 20 years. Julie’s life as a journalist has been intertwined with CBN – first as a graduate student in Journalism; then as a journalist with Middle East Television (METV) when it was owned by CBN from 1989-91; and now with the Middle East Bureau of CBN News in Jerusalem since 2009. As a correspondent for CBN News, Julie has covered Israel’s wars with Gaza, rocket attacks on Israeli communities, stories on the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria and