The Iron Dome anti-rocket system has been remarkably successful in intercepting deadly projectiles from Gaza, but there is fallout — literally — and some of it narrowly missed a group of children in Rishon L’Tzion on Sunday.
In a kindergarten in the city, about 20 children and staff headed into a protected area just moments before debris from an interception rained down on them, according to Israeli media reports. No staff or children were injured and no damage was reported.
Clara Nehmadi, the kindergarten director, told reporters: “Shrapnel fell and security forces evacuated us…The children are fine, I hugged each of them and calmed them.”
“This is Russian roulette; you never know where a rocket can fall,” she explained. “The entire country is within range.”
Nehmadi added that she “do[es] drills throughout the year” and that the children are “trained” to enter their protected area.
Mayor Dov Tzur visited the kindergarten soon after the incident and praised the staff and children for their quick evacuation.
“We saw a small depression in the earth where the shrapnel fell in the kindergarten courtyard,” he said. “The children were in a secured room and followed procedure.”
“I don’t want to think about what would happen if shrapnel fell in the yard while children were playing,” he added.