Residents of Shaar HaNegev, the local authority that includes the city of Sderot, woke up Monday to the sounds of explosions and sirens blasting the “Color Red” warning. Palestinian Arab terrorists in Gaza fired two short range Kassam-type rockets towards Israel, and the rockets blew up within the council's territory. No one was hurt and no damage was reported.
The rockets exploded near a kibbutz in which the homes and public structures have not been fortified against such attacks, because it is located in an area that is relatively far from Gaza and which has rarely been targeted in the past..
Following the attack, the local authority said that it may file a court motion to force the state to fortify its buildings, or place an “Iron Dome” anti-missile battery nearby.
Gaza terrorists have been attacking Israeli civilian communities on a daily basis in the past week, in what is seen as a reaction to the “peace talks” between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Similarly, recent ambushes of Israelis in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem are also seen as being timed to coincide with the talks. Four Jews, including a pregnant woman in her ninth month, were murdered near Hevron on the eve of the talks in Washington two weeks ago; Hamas claimed responsibility.