A number of Israelis were treated for shock on Tuesday after two rockets fired by Palestinian terrorists operating out of the northern Gaza Strip slammed into the southern Israel town of Sderot and damaged two factories.
Terror groups affiliated with Gaza's ruling Hamas movement claimed credit for the attack.
Sderot's factories and most of its public buildings and homes remain vulnerable to Palestinian rocket attacks. Residents used Tuesday's attack to again highlight the urgent need for the government to implement fortification plans that were drawn up for the town years ago.
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has resisted fortifying the hard-hit town for fear that it would further reveal the folly of the 2005 Israeli withdrawal from Gaza, which he enthusiastically helped execute as former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's top deputy.