HEADLINE: Kiriat Shmone Recuperating After The War
ANCHOR: Kiriat Shmone situated to the North of Haifa, has received 1000 katiusha rockets during the 45 days of war forced by the Hezbollah on Israel. No losses in life have been encountered
but the losses in property are very severe. Most public institutions and local attractions have been damaged and the question is… if the local government can overcome all and start the school at the beginning of September, as planned. Here is our NTDTV Correspondent Isabella Xiong with more.
STORY: The panoramic city of Kiriat Shmone has seen better days. Only a few days ago, before the cease-fire agreement, the city has marked its one-thousandth katiusha rocket.
[Haim Barbibay, Mayor of Kiriat Shmone]: “Since 1968, Kiriat Shmone has been under perpetual threats of being attacked by the katiusha rockets. Since then we live in the shadow of the katiusha.
But this one and a half month was the hardest in the life of Kiriat Shmone. Thank God no one was killed. Two people got injured and another 45 people suffer from shock and anxiety.”
The local government is striving day and night to restore everything the way it was before the war. Construction workers can be seen everywhere. The schools are their main target since the school semester is starting next week. But the big question that everybody is asking is: WILL EVERYTHING BE DONE ON TIME?
[Ofer Zafrani, Vice Deputy Director, Danciger School]: “Our school was hit three times by three katiusha rochets. Almost all school was ruined, you can see that all the class room without anything left, all the glasses, all the doors, all the walls, all the floor, everything is ruined.”
Abraham, School Janitor has found this katiusha rocket in one of the classes on Saturday eve.
[Abraham, School Janitor]: “The rocket has destroyed a few floors. The katiusha touched the wall, that beam, then the other beam, and then the window frame and enter inside the classroom. 8 classrooms were ravaged, 4 on this side and 4 on the other side.”
Some residents have fled the city during the war and came back after the cease-fire. The psychological difficulty that the people are in, is very big. The children are the ones that suffered the most.
[Ofer Zafrani, Vice Deputy Director, Danciger School]: ”Our children that were in the shelters during the last week are feeling after trauma, they are afraid, every noise, are making them shaking and they feel very bad.”
The local government and the management of the schools are doing everything in their power to restore the confidence in the parents and children. The first thing is to detect the children that are suffering from anxiety and try to give the appropriate help and support.
[Haim Barbibay, Mayor of Kiriat Shmone]: “There is no reason for this destruction, no reason for this war, no reason for this suffering that the people encounter. In spite of the destruction of houses and the huge quantity of katiusha, no one was killed and we are happy it is like this. Because buildings can be fixed, but people can not be brought back.”
2000 private homes and 3 schools have been severely damaged but all this can be fixed because is just a matter of money, but all the people who have been injured, their wounds won’t heal for a long time. Reporting from Kiriat Shmone, Isabella Xiong, NTDTV Israel.