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Bombs in Israel hit home in Triangle

Posted November 18, 2012

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— For many living in the Triangle, the missiles and rockets falling in Israel and Gaza this past week hit close to home.

"It's hitting my neighborhood," said Israel Abitbol, a former Israeli Army officer who used to live 20 miles from Gaza. "Two years ago, one of those bombs hit my younger brother's high school, and I had to bring him and my mom to the States."

Abitbol's old neighborhood is again in the crossfire of another round of fighting between Israelis and Palestinians. In the past five days, Gaza militants have fired more than 550 rockets into southern Israel, reaching Jerusalem, killing three people and injuring more than 60. Israel has launched more than 1,000 air strikes in Gaza, killing 70 people and injuring hundreds.

Abitbol's mother, father, sister and nephew take shelter in a safe room, a steel-encased concrete closet, in their home.

"I called his sister this morning. Every five minutes, she said, it's boom-boom, boom-boom," Abitbol's wife, Carlye, said.

Carlye Abibtol was born and raised in Raleigh but experienced a rocket attack during a recent trip to Israel.

"Five o'clock in the morning, I start hearing this 'whooo,'" she recalled. The sound of that siren meant she had 20 to 30 seconds to get to the safe room.

"It was so scary, and I just remember in the shelter, I was holding his mom. I was crying," Carlye Abibtol said.

Mideast conflict worries NC relatives Mideast conflict worries NC relatives

During this latest conflict, Abitbol is keeping in touch with his family through online chats. He said he hopes for peace in the region, but for now, will settle for peace of mind.

Abibtol's younger brother and brother-in-law are both in the Israeli army. They are stationed near the Gaza border, from where Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has threatened to launch a ground invasion if Egyptian-brokered cease-fire talks break down.

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  • workinghuman33 Nov 19, 1:18 p.m.

    Agreed! That headline is incredibly misleading...in a way, I mean logic does step in but WOW.

  • raines mom 2000 Nov 19, 10:49 a.m.

    May your family and all people in Israel be protected and out of harms way. God Bless Israel.

  • The Oracle Nov 19, 9:20 a.m.

    "No kidding, I hope no one was hurt when that home was hit in the triangle"

    My thoughts exactly. What a poorly worded headline.

  • Screw WrAl Nov 19, 8:31 a.m.

    No kidding, I hope no one was hurt when that home was hit in the triangle.

  • 4Strikes Nov 19, 8:23 a.m.

    Nothing will change until they take out Iran, the the source of the bombs and much of the funding for these terrorists. It's too bad for Isreal that with the re-election of Obama, the USA is on the wrong side of this conflict.

  • miseem Nov 19, 8:22 a.m.

    We obviously need a missile shield and better radar detection if bombs in Israel are hitting homes here. Or else, they've got some pretty big bombs over there. Besides, I thought Israel was our ally.