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PA Terrorists Continue to Bombard Western Negev

The western Negev continues to absorb artillery attacks by PA terrorists. Three rockets targeting Jewish towns landed over the course of 24 hours.
By Nissan Ratzlav-Katz
First Publish: 6/26/2007, 10:50 AM

Even as Israelis absorb the news out of Sharm El-Sheikh of the release of hundreds of convicted terrorists, western Negev communities continue to absorb Kassam rocket attacks from the Palestinian Authority in Gaza. Three rockets targeting Jewish towns landed over the course of the last 24 hours.

Arab terrorists in Gaza fired two rockets at the city of Sderot and environs Tuesday morning. One of the PA rockets slammed into the yard of a yeshiva in Sderot and damaged a nearby building. The second rocket hit an open field in Kibbutz Nir Am, adjacent to the city. No injuries were reported from either impact zone.

Late on Monday afternoon, as well, Gaza terrorists fired a rocket towards the southern city of Ashkelon. The rocket hit an unpopulated area within the area of the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council. No injuries were reported.

As a result of the ongoing attacks, students at the Sapir College, located near Sderot, said they plan to boycott graduation ceremonies scheduled to take place outdoors on Thursday. The students feel the danger of a rocket attack at such a large gathering warrants an indoor event. More than 1,000 students and parents have been invited to take part.
Students at a college near Sderot said they plan to boycott graduation ceremonies.


The students appealed to the college administration to change the location, but officials replied that the Home Front Command has given permission to hold the graduation outside.

When asked if the recent rocket attacks represent a reaction to the Sharm El-Sheikh summit meeting of Israeli and Arab leaders, Sderot Media Center's Noam Bedein dismissed the idea, saying that such attacks have been coming at "the start of almost every day for the past week."

In order to convey what Sderot residents are going through to American Jewish audiences, Bedein reported, a delegation of Russian-speaking children from a local community theater left Tuesday morning for a series of summer performances on America's East Coast. The plays, performed in Russian with English simultaneous translation, will dramatize life under the threat of enemy rocket attacks.