One rocket landed in Begin Square, where a woman soldier sustained moderate injuries to her stomach from shrapnel; several other people suffered from shock. The second rocket landed in the yard of a private home in the city but caused no injuries.
'Situation cannot continue.' Qassam landing site (Photo: Tzafrir Avayov)
The blasts, which occurred at around 7:30 a.m., were especially loud, and the Red Dawn alert system was activated. The attack caused a power outage throughout the city.
The al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad, took responsibility for the attack. The organization reported that it fired Quds 3 rockets as "part of a series of the organization's responses to the continuation of Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people."
Sderot residents have repeatedly demanded that the government and IDF intensify the retaliation to Qassam attacks.
“It’s time that the government declare the place from which rockets are fired on a regular basis a ‘closed military zone’,” said Avi Farhan, a Gush Katif evacuee who is temporarily residing in Sderot.
“This situation cannot go on for long. Even prior to our evacuation (from Gaza) we warned that the mountain of rubble from our homes would be used by Palestinians to launch Qassams, and now a city in Israel is being bombarded on a daily basis from there."
Farhan said Sderot residents are fearful of what may come next.
“There is a feeling that state leaders are not really interested in what is going on here,” he said. “What’s most infuriating is that on Monday the government approved the lifting of the closure on Gaza and is permitting the Palestinians to enter Israel. This is a disgrace. This country has learned nothing from previous fiascos.”