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  2/25/2013, Adar 15, 5773

Study: Rocket Attacks Cause Miscarriage in Sderot


A major study of women’s health in Sderot found that the stress caused by rocket attacks from nearby Gaza is linked to an increased risk of miscarriage, Haaretz reports. The study found that the average woman from Sderot had experienced 2.2 rocket attacks accompanied by sirens in the six months before pregnancy, and 3.5 sirens during pregnancy.

The study compared over 1,100 pregnant women in Sderot to over 1,800 women from Kiryat Gat, which has a similar population but does not suffer frequent rocket attacks. The miscarriage rate in Sderot was found to be 6%, while that of Kiryat Gat was 4.7%, indicating a 59% higher risk in Sderot.