Gaza rockets pound Sderot

Monday, May 07, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

Gaza-based Palestinian rocket crews pounded the southern Israel town of Sderot Sunday afternoon and Monday morning, leaving two people moderately wounded and many others suffering from shock.

On Sunday afternoon, three rockets hit the working-class town, one of them landing just a few feet from a local gas station. A 24-year-old gas station attendant was evacuated to a nearby hospital after shrapnel from the rocket pierced several parts of his body.

Another man had his hearing impaired by the blast.

Early on Monday morning, another rocket struck a house adjacent to a kindergarten in Sderot. The attack occurred as children were making their way to the facility.

Damage was caused to both the house and the kindergarten, but, miraculously, there were no physical injuries. At least four people, however, were treated for shock, including a woman who lost consciousness.

Israel Defense Forces (IDF) officials told Ynet that Israel's military policy in the area may soon be altered.

"The way things look now, we may have to increase activity (in the Gaza Strip) very soon ... no more sitting around," said one official.

Over the weekend, unnamed IDF officials who spoke to the Yisraeli daily newspaper complained that while the army has operations plans to deal decisively with the Gaza-based terrorist infrastructure, the government will not give the green light until the terrorist rocket attacks actually result in deaths.

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