University Students Return Home Safely From Israel

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By Sarah Cantey

 A group of Troy University students were less than 10 miles from the Gaza Strip this summer. But came home early with the growing safety concerns. 

 
A group of seven students were at the Ashkelon archaeological dig.
 
Two of them have been there four summers in a row and say they haven't feared for their safety, even though they would see rockets frequently. 
 
They worked alongside students from Harvard, Wheaton and Boston College excavating. And they say this has given them a headstart in the field of archaeology. 
 
The university made the decision to have them come home a week early. Even with the violence, they said they would go back in a heartbeat. 
 
Joel Jackson, a supervisor at site and an undergrad studying anthropology said, "It's a gorgeous place full and rich in history. There are a few rockets but usually that's not the case. This year was just different. I just encourage people to check it out it is great." 
 
Today, 15 people died and dozens were wounded at a U.N. School in the Gaza Strip.
 
Palestinian officials say the victims had been trying to find refuge from the fighting outside and were killed by Israeli tank shells.


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