British-Israeli Family Returns to Ruined Home After Gaza Rocket Blast in Central Israel

Daniel Wolf describes running to get his wife and daughter to a safe room when the rocket hit: 'I picked up my mother, who lay there bleeding'

The Wolf family home after the blast, Mishmeret, March 25, 2019.
Meged Gozani

Members of the Wolf family returned to collect belongings from the ruins of their homes hours after it collapsed when a rocket from Gaza struck it on Monday morning. Six members of the family, originally from London, were wounded, as well as a neighbor. 

Daniel Wolf, who had been in the house with his parents when the rocket hit, described the incident from hospital. "I happened to be sleeping in the living room," then heard the siren wail. he said. "I ran to my wife and to the girls and moved them to the safe room. My father ran to my little sister, who was in the house. My mother was between the safe room and the kitchen and then there was a boom. Dust everywhere, and screaming. It was awful. I picked up my mother, who lay there bleeding."

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One of the couple's sons, Yoni Wolf, who was not present when the rocket struck, told Haaretz he felt mainly shock upon learning his parents' house had been hit by a rocket. He said he doesn't feel the need for vengeance but thinks that Israel's defense policy is not working

The Wolf family home after the blast, Mishmeret, March 25, 2019.
Meged Gozani

Neighbors and other family members say that the rocket hit just as the grandfather and granddaughter were running into the house, and that they were injured by shrapnel.

The injured include a woman, 60, in moderate condition with a head injury, while her husband is lightly injured; both are being cared for at the Rabin Medical Center in Petah Tikva. The couple's son and daughter-in-law, both 30, and two grandchildren, aged three and six months, were lightly injured, as was a 12-year-old neighbor. The grandfather, the father and the 3-year-old have been released from hospital.

Neighbors in Mishmeret described a siren followed by a huge bang. "I thought it fell right by me," said one. "I didn't imagine it could happen here."

Altogether, 30 houses were damaged by the blast. Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon said those affected would receive funding for repairs.

The British ambassador to Israel, David Quarrey, condemned the attack. "We unequivocally condemn today’s rocket attack into Israel from Gaza.  Our thoughts are with the British-Israeli family whose house in Mishmeret was hit. There can be no justification of any kind for this attack, whose consequences could have been devastating," he wrote.