3,000 Israelis have fled rocket-battered town

Wednesday, November 07, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

The southern Israel working-class town of Sderot has lost 3,000 of its 20,000 residents over the past three months due to incessant Palestinian rocket attacks coming from the neighboring Gaza Strip, Israel's Yediot Ahronot newspaper reported on Wednesday.

During the past summer, Gaza-based Palestinian terrorists fired more than 1,500 rockets and mortar shells at Sderot and surrounding Jewish communities, making life nearly unbearable for many residents and leaving a large percentage of local children suffering from post-traumatic stress.

Two more rockets hit Sderot on Tuesday night, damaging several parked cars and lightly wounding three people.

Speaking at a gathering of foreign ministers from the European Union and Middle East earlier in the day, Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni complained that despite unilaterally withdrawing from the Gaza Strip and surrendering the territory to the Palestinians over two years ago, Israel is still suffering daily attacks.

Nevertheless, Livni insisted that her government remains ready to likewise surrender large swaths of Judea and Samaria (the so-called "West Bank") despite being fully aware that doing so will not result in an end to anti-Israel Palestinian terrorism.

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