Rockets Explode near Sderot

Gaza terrorists attacked southern Israel Wednesday in what has become almost a daily routine. Two rockets exploded in the Sha'ar HaNegev region.

Hana Levi Julian , | updated: 10:12

Kassam explosion burns an open field
Kassam explosion burns an open field
Israel News Photo: (Flash 90)

Gaza terrorists attacked the western Negev on Wednesday morning in what has become almost a daily routine since Israel ended Operation Cast Lead more than a month ago, declared a unilateral ceasefire and withdrew all IDF forces from Gaza. 

The Color Red rocket alert siren wailed its warning shortly before 9:00 a.m., giving residents barely 15 seconds to race for cover before the missiles struck.

Two short-range rockets exploded in the Sha'ar HaNegev region, both landing in open areas near the city of Sderot. No one was physically injured and no damage has been reported.

The Olmert administration has adopted a policy of retaliating with targeted strikes following every rocket and mortar shelling attack while leaving the Gaza crossings open for shipments of humanitarian aid.

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has expressed anger over the past week at what she said were obstacles placed by Israel that slowed down the delivery of humanitarian aid to Gaza.

Senior Clinton aides reportedly have told officials in Jerusalem that the Secretary of State plans to focus on the issue when she arrives in Israel next Tuesday.

"Israel is not making enough effort to improve the humanitarian situation in Gaza," American officials have told their Israeli counterparts, and "the U.S. expects Israel to meet its commitments on this matter."

Israel: Humanitarian Needs Being Met, Says PA
Israel, however, contends that demand in Gaza for grain – including wheat, to make flour – has dropped.

Major Peter Lerner, spokesman for the Defense Ministry's Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) told Israel National News earlier this week that his counterpart in the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority informed him that the needs of the population are being met.

According to COGAT statistics, the demand for grains transferred in to the region through the Karni Crossing conveyor dropped by almost 50 percent last week from the week before.