Israel children suffering rocket-related stress

Thursday, January 17, 2008 |  by Staff Writer

Palestinian terrorists fired nearly 40 rockets from the northern Gaza Strip at the nearby Israeli town of Sderot on Thursday, damaging a number of homes and other buildings and wounding three people. Many others were treated for shock.

Since Tuesday morning, Palestinian forces operating out of the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip have fired more than 100 rockets at Sderot and surrounding communities.

The Israel Center for Victims of Terror and War will release a report in the coming day showing that the children of Sderot are suffering immense emotional and mental damage as a result of the ongoing rocket attacks, Israel's Ha'aretz newspaper reported.

The report reveals that between 75 and 94 percent of children aged 4-18 living in Sderot exhibit symptoms of post-traumatic stress. Thirty percent of children in the battered town are suffering from full-blown post-traumatic stress disorder.

Speaking at an event organized by the Israel Manufacturer's Association in Tel Aviv on Thursday, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said he would not tolerate the incessant rocket fire from Gaza, and would continue to authorize limited pinpoint military strikes on terrorists there until the attacks ceased.

Echoing the recommendations of numerous security experts and defense officials over the past couple years, Noam Bedein of the Sderot Media Center suggested Olmert's solution will never put an end to the rocket attacks, and insisted the government must authorize crushing military action against the growing Gaza terrorist machine.

In an interview with Israel National News, Bedein said everyone knows the Israeli army is capable of ending the rocket threat and truly defending the people of Israel, which only increases the frustration with a government that refuses to authorize such action due to political concerns.

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