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7 Year-Old from Unrecognized Bedouin Village Seriously Injured by Shrapnel From Iranian Attack

Eight residents of Al-Fura were injured following the Iranian attack, three others in shock | Lacking proper shelters, villagers hid under bridges and in water channels | Demolition operations set to resume this week

ילדים מאל-פורעה מסתתרים במעבר מים בזמן אזעקה (צילום: המועצה לכפרים לא מוכרים)
Children from Al-Fura take cover in a water channel in response to a rocket siren (Photo: The Council of Unrecognized Villages)
By Yaniv Sharon

A seven-year-old child was severely injured after shrapnel hit her head in the village of Al-Fura in the Negev desert last night. Her condition, according to Soroka Hospital in Be’er Sheva, is critical and unstable. She suffered a severe head injury that has endangered her life.

According to Magen David Adom (MDA), a 10 year-old girl in critical condition due to a head injury was treated by paramedics and rushed to Soroka Hospital, unconscious and breathing.

"Near the entrance to Arad we encountered a private car coming from the suburbs. In the backseat was an unconscious, 10 year-old girl with a shrapnel injury to her head. We gave her life-saving medical treatment and rushed her to the hospital in critical condition" said MDA paramedic Zohar Servinski said

Both instances came as a result of a barrage of missiles and drones launched by Iran against Israel last night, with shrapnel from intercepted missiles and drones falling on the area surrounding Arad. Eight additional people from the area were injured, all of whom were taken to Soroka Hospital. Apart from those physically injured, three were treated on the spot for shock.

Al-Fura is an unrecognized Bedouin village approximately 7.5 kilometers (4.5 miles) from the southern city of Arad. Two shelters were placed near the village, mainly used by the village’s children. Residents say that a portion of them left their homes in order to hide from the threat of rockets under bridges and in water channels. In Kuseife, a recognized village lying 15 kilometers (nine miles) from Al-Fura, residents hid in the local school. The same was done in Bir Hadaj, another Bedouin town.

In addition to the threat of rockets, Al-Fura residents also face the threat of home demolitions due to the village’s unrecognized status. According to residents, demolitions are supposed to resume in Al-Fura this week.

This article was translated from Hebrew by Tzivia Gross.

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