Gaza missile attack on southern Israel

Thursday, February 02, 2012 |  Ryan Jones

Palestinian terrorists operating out of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip launched an unprovoked missile attack on communities in southern Israel on Wednesday night.

Eight missiles landed near an in Israeli towns and villages bordering the Gaza Strip. There were no injuries or damage reported.

The "Red Alert" missile warning system sent local residents scrambling for their bomb shelters, but local officials again warned that the area is largely unprotected. It was noted that Israel's highly publicized "Iron Dome" anti-missile system cannot stop short range rockets fired at communities within 7 kilometers (4 miles) of Gaza, and that most houses and buildings do not have reinforced roofs and walls.

Another often ignored effect of the rocket attacks is the psychological damage it is doing to children living in the area. A very high percentage of Israeli children living in the northern Negev region have exhibited symptoms of post-traumatic stress.

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