This posting was written by Sigal Ariely, Director of the Ashkelon-Baltimore Partnership, whose blog about life in the Ashkelon area is ashkelonblog.blogspot.com.
We didn't really think it was all over, but the reminders are very scary. We were driving back from Sderot around 1 o'clock, coming back from Nihum Avelim (Shiva, a mourning condolence call) because a friend lost her mother, and she lives in Sderot.
Anat, the municipal spokesperson was in the car with us, she has a beeper that rings whenever there's a siren. We were far from Sderot, no sirens, so we all felt relieved. As we were driving through the industrial southern area, her beeper announced a siren in the ... southern industrial area!!!
We heard nothing outside (the radio was on, windows closed and we 4 were all talking). As we reached the municipality building, people said that the siren was heard in the southern neighborhoods, and so was a rocket that fell in an open field. Another one fell in the sea. I was happy that the siren wasn't heard all over Ashkelon, so the children didn't hear it, again...
I called my "other kids" -- the OTZMA students. Two of the girls were out shopping; they ran in circles because they had no idea where to run. They are all ok. Tomorrow a psychologist is coming to speak with them.