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Sderot: 5 rockets fired from Gaza Strip

While northern front draws attention, Qassam rockets continue to hit southern town. One rocket hits building, causes damage; several people suffer from shock

Shmulik Hadad
Published: 07.14.06, 09:32 / Israel News

Katyusha rockets in north, Qassams in south: While the Katyusha barrages in the north continued, five Qassam rockets were fired Friday morning from the northern Gaza Strip toward the southern town of Sderot.

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Three rockets landed in Sderot and another two in open areas outside the town. One rocket landed in the Neveh Eshkol neighborhood and caused damage to several buildings. A number of people suffered from shock. The rocket hit a power line, and consequently the electricity supply to one of the neighborhoods streets was cut off.

 

Another rocket landed near a factory of the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council, which was empty at the time. One of the rockets landed near Kibbutz Gevim, starting a fire in a grove. Fire fighters were working to put out the fire.

 

Sderot residents said that one of the rockets landed in a place where children usually gather to leave for summer camps, which are closed on Friday.

 

'Not enough is being done'

 

Knesset Member Zeev Elkin (Kadima), visited the town this week in order to closely examine the life of Sderot residents. One of the rockets landed several meters away from the house he was staying at.

 

"I arrived this week in order to look at life in the city because I believed it was important to closely get to know this reality. In the morning we woke up and heard the Red Dawn alert system. The Qassam rocket landed right here and caused damage.

There is no fortified room here, like in most parts of Sderot. We were forced, like everyone else, to wait for the rocket to be dealt with," he recounted.

 

"Unfortunately, not enough is being done about the rocket fire in terms of fortified rooms and etc," he noted.

 

On Thursday night, Elkin met with dozens of Sderot's residents, some of whom called on him to help them leave the city.

 

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