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Boy Loses Leg, Brother Wounded in Sderot Kassam Attack

An 8-year-old boy and his older brother were seriously wounded in a Kassam attack on Sderot Saturday evening. Both were rushed into surgery.
By Hana Levi Julian and Gil Ronen
First Publish: 2/9/2008, 8:41 PM / Last Update: 2/9/2008, 10:04 PM

An eight-year-old boy and his 19-year-old brother were seriously wounded Saturday evening in a Kassam rocket attack on Sderot. The barrage sent 11 people into emotional shock in addition to the casualties. 

Both boys were wounded in the lower limbs and were rushed into surgery after they were evacuated by Magen David Adom paramedics to Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon. The youngster reportedly lost part of his leg in the blast, according to media sources. His older brother suffered shrapnel wounds as well. The boys' 15-year-old brother and their mother were also sent to the hospital to be treated for emotional shock. 

The family was running for cover when one of the enemy rockets landed about two meters from them. Another rocket landed close to a residential building.

A total of five rockets were fired, three of which exploded in the center of Sderot. The other two slammed into areas just outside the city. Terrorists from Islamic Jihad’s Al-Quds Brigades gang claimed responsibility for the attack.

Another rocket was fired at southern Israel about two hours later, landing in a kibbutz in the Sha'ar HaNegev Regional Council area. No one was injured and no damage was reported.

Early Sabbath morning, Gaza terrorists twice attacked the western Negev. A mortar shell first slammed into an area near the Erez checkpoint; several people were treated for emotional shock following the explosion.  A second attack sent two rockets into the Shaar HaNegev Regional Council area. No injuries or damage were reported.

IDF Retaliation
The IDF immediately retaliated with a strike on a terrorist squad spotted near a group of ready-to-fire rocket launchers in the nearby Gaza town of Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza.  Soldiers confirmed several hits and Palestinian Authority sources later reported that one member of the terrorist cell was seriously injured.

The IDF also attacked four more rocket launch sites at noontime and identified hits as well.  A terrorist was killed in one of the attacks.