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Fortified stalls to fill Sderot streets

Army delivers 15 fortified stalls to Sderot part of government efforts to provide shelter from rockets to city's residents

Shmulik Hadad
Published: 05.31.07, 20:23 / Israel News

A delivery of 15 mobile fortified stalls was spread on major streets in Sderot as part of the government's efforts to provide shelter to residents in the southern city from rockets fired from the Gaza Strip.

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Two people died on the streets of Sderot over the last three weeks since Hamas intensified rocket fire towards Israel.


An early warning system sounds a siren when a rocket is fired towards Israel, giving residents about a minute to seek shelter.


Fortified stalls delivered (Photo: Amir Cohen)


"These are fortified stalls that will be positioned in 15 locations in the city after consultations with the army's homefront command," said Yehuda Ben Maman, a security officer for the city.


Maman said some of the stalls will be positioned near the city's cultural center and bus station.


Israel responded to Hamas' rocket attacks by launching airstrikes on rocket cells and facilities used by Palestinian terror organizations in the Gaza Strip.


The government has been under increased pressure to improve the security situation in the city by launching a ground operation in Gaza and to save the livelihood of hundreds of business owners by granting emergency aid.


The police recently assigned two bodyguards to the Mayor of Sderot, Eli Moyal, after he received death threats. Police say some residents believe Moyal is withholding government aid.


"Residents read in the newspapers that the government transferred to us hundreds of million of shekels, and they believe the money is with us, and that I took the money," Moyal said. "This government has condoned death threats against me … The situation here is tense and people vent their anger at me."


"Unfortunately we haven't received a single shekel from the government. There are many projects but we have not receive cash," Moyal added.


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