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Mihal Eliav lives in Beersheba. Previously, she wrote about her visits to Sderot where she plans to live. Now she has written several impressions of Beersheba under attack. This is the first.

31/12/08
Shalom,
Rubik Danilovich, our new mayor, gave a fairly good response to the inane questions the journalists always ask.

The radio is saying that there was no warning, but at least in my neighborhood we heard it loud and clear. I wish they'd explain exactly how the system works; it could be interesting.

It seems one of the two falls hit in the play yard of the 'Rakefet' kindergarten, closed and empty of course in the late evening.


he gala opening of the theater in its new (horrible) Performing Arts Center was interrupted. Later we heard that the public, who were asked to leave midplay (Comedy of Errors), argued and wanted to continue. Management wouldn't go against the rules and closed the stage. The audience stopped for a bite at the catered buffet on their way out (why waste good food just because bombs are falling?).

Earlier today, a hit near Rahat (Bedouin city across from Shuval) - Hamas claimed they were aiming at Be'er Sheva. Not likely in my opinion.

A Bedouin from Aruar, a mother of four, and a Druze soldier named after his uncle who was killed in the first Lebanon war, were all buried today.

Of course, if one of these bombs (called 'raketot' in Hebrew, could be rackets as in tennis, but I think more like rackets as in noise) kills a bunch of civilians, the picture could be very different.

Schools in most of the bombed places are closed today, obviously the powers-that-be think it's safer for the kids to be at home. I wonder how 2-worker families deal with this.
In the morning, another boom, but without sirens. It's better when there is warning. Or no, maybe it's better when it's over before you even know it was - hmm, another dilemma.

Your reporter in the field,

Mihal

UPDATE-- A few minutes after finishing the above, there were more sirens and more "falls " here in Be'er Sheva. I counted at least three bangs, one of them quite close.

This time I put a blanket on the floor and sat down. Everyone here is nervous. It isn't 9:00 yet. What kind of day is this? Shall I go to the shuk or not?

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