Life on the Edge in Philly’s Sister City Netivot, Israel

NBC10's Karen Araiza travels through Philly's sister city of Netivot in Southern Israel.

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Netivot is located in southern Israel, just outside The Gaza Strip.
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Being so close to the front lines of this conflict, there are obvious signs of the military operations everywhere. Here a tank is driven by tractor-trailer.
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Our first stop was at the town's security office to meet Erez Tidhari, Director of Security Operations.
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Tidhari has been collecting some of the missiles and debris from rockets intercepted by "The Iron Dome," Israel's missile defense system.
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Within minutes of our arrival, while we were taking with Erez, he got word that sirens had sounded in a neighboring town. Although, it turned out to be a false alarm.
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Close to 30,000 people live in Netivot, mostly Jewish settlers. Erez says the last time someone here died from rocket fire was in 2012, but that the trauma of living on edge is very real.
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Erez showing us missiles, now in fragments, intercepted by The Iron Dome.
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Tidhari showing a rescue vehicle and equipment bought with money from the Philadelphia Jewish Federation.
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Tidhar said because Netivot is so close to Gaza, people have 15 minutes to take cover when rockets are launched.
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More supplies purchased using money from our area.
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In the last 3-1/2 weeks, he says Hamas has launched 100 rockets at Netivot. 60-percent of the rockets were intercepted, 30-percent landed in open land rather than populated areas and 8-percent landed in the city.
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Escorting us around town, we happened across a kitten that looked to have been hit by a car. Here Tidhar is checking on the animal.
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We went to two homes Tidhar said had been recently hit by rockets.
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The first home was an empty apartment. Tidhar pointed out that the rocket had come in through the ceiling, out through the wall and wedged two feet deep into the ground below.
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These homes were also hit and in the house on the right, two teens were blasted out of their beds, according to the security officer.
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The mother said she's been in therapy since the attack and one of her son's hearing is damaged.
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There was a crater in street where a missile hit.
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This is an apartment complex across the street from the other hit homes.
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This shelter was built right next to the homes after the strike to help protect residents.
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It is about the size of a SEPTA bus stop.
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Their goal is to have one on every other block.
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Despite the danger, families call this place home.
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A child riding her bike through the streets.
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On one of the city's busy round-a-boughts we found a replica of the Liberty Bell.
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Tidhar said people in his community are very grateful for the money that comes from people in the Philly-area.
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The money helps them protect the citizens of Netivot because paying for security needs is not an easy investment for the international community.
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