As Hamas continues its rocket barrage on Israel – with 80 fired just on Monday - new videos show the challenge for those living in southern Israeli communities to get to shelters fast enough to avoid being struck.
The distance between Gaza and the Israeli town of Sderot, which has for years faced the brunt of rocket attacks, is only about a mile; therefore, its residents have only 15 seconds to find shelter from when the alert blares to impact.
The Israel Defense Forces put out a video to demonstrate just how tough the challenge is, editing images of Israelis dashing to bomb shelters with world record-holding sprinter Usain Bolt.
“Even the world’s fastest man wouldn’t make it on time,” the IDF wrote.
Summer camps and university final exams have been put on hold until the violence ends. Even so, Israelis are trying to maintain a sense of normalcy and have thus been caught in unexpected places during the rocket attacks, including on a train:
#PICTURE: Israeli civilians on the train during a #Gaza rocket attack #ItMustStop http://t.co/a64IJfiIu6— Israel Defense Forces (@Israel Defense Forces) 1404810107.0
And at the local swimming pool on July 4 as seen in the following video:
To drive home its message, the IDF posted this graphic which asked, “What can you do in 15 seconds?”:
15 seconds to run to shelter. 15 seconds to escape from #Hamas rockets #ItMustStop http://t.co/2qNySNthfB— Israel Defense Forces (@Israel Defense Forces) 1404789901.0
The IDF said that 80 rockets had been launched from Gaza on Monday, of which 11 were intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system. It further maintained that Hamas was behind most of the firings.
Former Israeli national security adviser Yaakov Amidror told Israel’s Channel 2 that Hamas holds about 10,000 rockets in its arsenal, but that it “does not have any kind of game-changing doomsday weapon.”