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Michiana residents react to latest conflict in the Middle East

Michiana residents with ties to Middle East react to latest in conflict Michiana residents with ties to Middle East react to latest in conflict
ST. JOSEPH COUNTY - Rocket fire continues as the conflict between Israel and Hamas rages on. It's prompted the Federal Aviation Administration to stop U.S. airlines from flying to one of the busiest airports in Israel. And it has people here in Michiana, with loved ones in the region, deeply concerned.

As the conflict builds, it becomes more and more stressful for people who have close ties to the Middle East. There are plenty of people here in Michiana with loved ones in the region. Some recently traveled back from Israel, and talked about what it's like to be in a war zone.

Jewish Federation of St. Joseph County Community Relations Director Bob Feferman's son lives in Israel. He flew out of Tel Aviv last night. Just a  few hours shy of the FAA's ban on flights in and out of Israel's main airport.

Feferman says life in Israel is almost identical to living in the U.S. - with one glaring exception.

"Kids who go out to play in playgrounds have to know where the nearest shelter is," said Feferman.

Michiana financial adviser Brian Kordansky and his family just returned from vacation in Tel Aviv two weeks ago. He described a bustling skyline city comparable to Miami. He told us about the scenic seaside drive his family enjoyed, that is, until...

"We heard the rocket sirens and we had never heard something like this before," said Brian Kordansky.  "At that moment I knew that things were incredibly serious because people who just a moment ago were jogging and swimming, really just ran for cover. And I knew that we had to find cover as well."

"When you hear it," said Dana Brown, a 17-year-old high school student from South Bend. "You know something is not right. Brown recently returned from a youth group trip to Israel. After falling sick, she was in a hospital when a siren went off. Instead of seeing her doctor, she was quickly ushered into a shelter with 15 other sick patients.

"That's when it hit me," said Brown. "I was surrounded by so much paranoia."

Amal Amouri is a Michiana nurse with family in the West Bank and says she also worries about them every day.

"We wait for that phone call to say 'Thank God they made it another day'" said Amouri. She says her family always has a packed suitcase ready to go by the front door. "It's just hard to take."
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