CBNNews.com - ASHDOD, Israel - Friends and neighbors joined the family of the late Irit Sheetrit, 39, who died of injuries sustained in a Palestinian rocket attack.
The mother of four children, Sheetrit was driving home with her sister on Monday when the Color Red warning siren sounded. They stopped the car and ran to a bus stop, where Irit shielded her sister, Ayelet, with her body.
Her sister sustained light shrapnel wounds, but Irit was critically injured and died a short time later.
Monday's Grad rocket attack was the first in the port city of Ashdod, just a little north of Ashkelon.
"We hoped this day would never come, but unfortunately it did," Ashdod Mayor Yechiel Lasri said at the funeral.
"In the past two years we have prepared for rocket fire, and we are paying a heavy price," he said.
"We are hurting and we are crying, but we are strong and patient," the mayor said.
"This war didn't start on Saturday [when Operation Cast Lead began]. It started a long time ago," he said.
"It is a war on our normality. We will not be broken, and we won't let hate hurt us. This will be our victory, our comfort and our answer," the mayor said.
Sheetrit is survived by her husband, Herzl, three daughters and a son. The eldest is serving in the army and the youngest is in fifth grade.
Source: The Jerusalem Post