Bedouin Make Do Without Shelters Under West Bank Skies

Lacking bomb shelters, Bedouin east of Jerusalem have to make do against Gazan rockets.

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A bedouin in the West Bank.
A bedouin in the West Bank. Credit: Alon Ron

Like the Negev Bedouin, it seems that the Bedouin east of Jerusalem are also in range of Hamas’ rockets and missiles, and they are also without shelters. The rocket that reached Jerusalem on July 8, shortly after a siren sounded, landed near the Bedouin encampment of Abu Falah in Khan al-Ahmar (near Mishor Adumim). A piece of the rocket landed 25 meters away from one of the caravan homes, creating a cloud of dust and smoke. No one was hurt, but shrapnel did damage one of the caravans. Some of the children there who witnessed the blast have reportedly had trouble sleeping since.

Local residents reported that IDF, Israel Police and Civil Administration personnel arrived on the scene immediately, and disposed of all the rocket’s remains. “The authorities treated us with respect,” said local residents, adding that they received useful advice. If there are sirens, residents were told, they should take shelter in the drainage tunnels under Route 1. Residents living far away from the drainage tunnel were told to spread out from one another as far as they could.

The Bedouin were forbidden from photographing the rocket’s remains, and photographs taken were erased, and one camera memory card was confiscated.

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