Israelis pull kids out of rocket-threatened schools

Wednesday, September 05, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

Parents in the southern Israel town of Sderot shut down the local education system by refusing to send their children to classes on Wednesday amid the government's ongoing refusal to fortify the buildings against Palestinian rocket attacks.

The parents were expected to make their way to Jerusalem for a mass demonstration opposite the Knesset.

The protest comes two days after a Palestinian rocket fired from the nearby Gaza Strip landed next to a busy day care center. Fifteen children were evacuated from the damaged facility, and 12 had to be taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for shock.

The embattled town has long complained that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is doing too little to curb Palestinian rocket fire, and has violated a Supreme Court ruling to provide local schools with fortifications. Olmert insists the schools are fortified enough, and that the rocket problem is really not so severe.

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