Thursday, March 18, 2010

2 Qassams lands near Sderot; girl suffers shock

From Ynet News, 18 March 2010, by Shmulik Hadad:

Rockets explode in open areas in Shaar Hanegev Regional Council; two people treated for shock

A Qassam rocket exploded Wednesday evening in an open area between the southern city of Sderot and a kibbutz belonging to the Shaar Hanegev Regional Council. Two people suffered from shock.

A second rocket, fired at around 1 am, hit an open area north of Sderot. There were no reports of injuries or damage.

The Color Red rocket alert system was activated in Sderot before both explosions. Two people, including a child, were treated for shock by a Magen David Adom emergency crew.

Shaar Hanegev Regional Council head Alon Schuster told Ynet, "Unfortunately, on the one hand we have managed to create a balance of deterrence against Hamas, and on the other side their arsenal of weapons is growing. This is a problem which must be solved. The recent year has been relatively calm, residents have returned to this area, our demographic balance has grown and business owners have expanded their businesses. We hope to maintain this state of calm."

According to Sderot Mayor David Buskila, "The transit in a city like Sderot from routine to emergency is an immediate transit which we have become accustomed to, unfortunately. We have no expectations that the calm will be maintained completely. Two people have been treated for shock, but I believe there are quite a few people who are in a state of shock and panic in their homes."

The last rocket to hit Israel was fired from the Gaza Strip on Saturday evening. It landed in an open area in the Eshkol Regional Council, two days after an abandoned building in a local kibbutz was also hit by a Qassam.

The Israel Air Force attacked terror infrastructures in the Gaza Strip in response to each rocket fired at Israel.
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