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Interior of house hit by Qassam Photo: Avi Rokach
Interior of house hit by Qassam Photo: Avi Rokach
 
 

Sderot: Woman wounded in latest Qassam barrage

More than 30 Qassams fall on Negev city in 24-hour span. 70-year-old woman moderately-to-seriously wounded in late afternoon barrage. Schools remain closed while dozens of residents flee city to hotels out of rocket range funded by billionaire Arcady Gaydamak

Shmulik Hadad
Published: 05.16.07, 18:41 / Israel News

Palestinian terror groups launched three Qassam rockets from the northern Gaza Strip late Wednesday afternoon, bringing the total of rockets fired towards Israel's western Negev to over thirty in the past 24 hours.

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One of the rockets slammed into a courtyard shared by several residential apartment buildings, wounding a 70-year-old woman. Emergency medical teams evacuated her to the Barzilai hospital in Ashkelon in moderate-to-serious condition with injuries to her limbs and stomach.

 

A second resident who was lightly wounded from the blast was also evacuated for treatment. On Tuesday a private home was directly hit, wounding a mother and her young son.

 

But unlike Tuesday the neighbors who gathered at the crash site were somber and quiet, only one man stood by yelling that the government should flatten Gaza to stop the attacks.

 

Earlier in the day, rockets landed in and around the city as well as near neighboring kibbutzim where children spent the night in bomb shelters.

 

Schools remained closed in Sderot on Wednesday and education officials gathered to discuss solutions for the immediate future. The situation is especially difficult for high school juniors and seniors who are set to take their final exams in the coming days. Officials said these age groups would join their peers in Beer Sheva on Thursday for classes until a better solution could be found.

 

Residents seeking to flee Sderot wrote to businessman Arcady Gaydamak, asking for his help.

 

And as he did last time they asked, the billionaire complied, sending buses and arranging for hotel accommodations in the cities of Beer Sheva and Ashdod. He also pledged to aide efforts to fortify buildings in Sderot.  

 

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