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17 Treated For Injuries in Direct-Hit Rocket Attack in Sderot

Despite the looming threat of an IDF invasion into Gaza, terrorists still managed to launch more Kassam rockets at the Negev city of Sderot in southern Israel Monday night.
By Hana Levi Julian and Ezra HaLevi
First Publish: 6/27/2006, 2:16 PM / Last Update: 6/27/2006, 5:16 AM

Three rockets were fired at the western Negev in nearby areas. Two landed in open fields, but the third scored a direct hit on an electricity pole in Sderot. Four local residents were lightly injured by flying shrapnel and were evacuated by Magen David Adom workers to Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon. MDA officials on the scene said two people were treated for cardiac distress related to the explosion, and eleven others suffered from shock. They were all treated at the scene.

The explosion also caused a power outage throughout the city. Municipal utility personnel worked late into the night to restore power to homes and buildings.

More than 200 residents gathered after the attack outside the home of Sderot resident Defense Minister Amir Peretz to protest the unrelenting rain of Kassam rockets on their homes, and the government’s inability to protect their city. Police arrested one protestor. The crowd continued to demonstrate until after midnight.