One hurt in rocket barrage on Sderot

Monday, May 05, 2008 |  by Staff Writer

Palestinian forces operating out of the Gaza Strip fired a barrage of 10 missiles at the southern Israel town of Sderot and neighboring communities on Monday morning, wounding one Israeli and causing moderate damage.

The rocket that wounded the victim also damaged a parked car and a nearby building.

Another rocket landed just feet from a local school, while a third nearly hit a factory. The rest of the rockets landed in open areas, though one did damage a sidewalk used by Sderot residents.

In related news, an Israeli army officer speaking on condition of anonymity told Israel's Ynet news portal on Monday that he and many other soldiers like him are becoming increasingly frustrated with the government's failure to let them effectively combat the Gaza rocket threat.

The officer said the IDF is capable of putting enormous military pressure on those firing the rockets, and on their Hamas rulers. The officer explained that he felt obligated to let the public know that the government is not allowing Israel's army to do everything necessary to protect its citizens.

Another officer attributed this failure on the part of the government to a fear of taking any kind of action that would be seen by the public as confirmation that the 2005 withdrawal from Gaza was a mistake.

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