Buskila, feels abandoned
Photo: Shlomo Halevi
Two Qassam rockets fired from the northern Gaza Strip landed near Sderot and in Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council territory on Thursday.
The precise landing sites of the rockets have not yet been located due to fog in the area, but no damage or injuries were reported.
Around 9:30 am, a Color Red alarm was sounded in Sderot, causing a panic among shoppers and venders in the city's busy market.
Sderot Mayor-elect David Buskila, who will be sworn in next Tuesday, commented on Defense Minister Ehud Barak's statement at the beginning of the week that the number of rockets fired into Israel has reduced significantly in recent months.
"No one had the illusion that the attacks would cease, but unfortunately the Israeli public doesn't take the defense minister's words seriously, and certainly, neither does Hamas," Buskila said.
The mayor-elect added, "Unfortunately, we have a feeling of abandonment, especially in this period where the government is approaching elections and is looking for a false truce ahead of elections at the expense of the residents of Sderot.
"I heard the defense minister's equation of ten rockets a month. This is outrageous. I could accept the equation if it was eight rockets on Sderot and two rockets on Tel Aviv, and would like to see if he could make peace with that equation."
Meanwhile, attacks on the western Negev from Gaza continue, and one rocket was fired Wednesday night and landed in an open field near the Eshkol Regional Council. No one was injured and no damage was caused.