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Qassam Rocket Attacks Continue in Southern Israel

The western Negev was hit again Wednesday night with Qassam rocket attacks launched by Palestinian Authority Arab terrorists in Gaza.
By Chana Ya'ar
First Publish: 9/8/2011, 10:05 AM

Residents of the western Negev once again had their lives disrupted throughout the evening Wednesday, with air raid sirens warning of incoming rocket attacks.

Palestinian Authority Arab terrorists in Gaza launched several Qassam rocket attacks, aimed at civilian Israelis living in communities in the southern region.

At about 5:20 p.m. Wednesday, a rocket exploded in an open area near a kibbutz in the Sha'ar HaNegev Regional Council district. No one was physically injured, and no damage was reported.

A second rocket attack was launched from Gaza at southern Israeli just before midnight. The missile exploded in an open area in the Eshkol Regional Council district, and did not cause any damage. No physical injuries were reported.

Research has indicated that up to 10 percent of the population in Israel is suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a result of war and terror attacks, according to the Multi-Disciplinary Trauma Studies Center at Natal, the Israel Trauma Center for Victims of Terror and War.

Already by 2007, just two years after the expulsion of some 10,000 Jewish residents from their homes in the Gush Katif region of Gaza, up to 94 percent of children in the Israeli community of Sderot showed symptoms of PTSD, the center reported. The symptoms included extreme stress and anxiety as well as psychological turmoil, hyper-vigilance, nightmares, bed-wetting and other problems.

The study found that 28 percent of adults and 30 percent of children met criteria for an actual full PTSD diagnosis in 2007. Within that one year, 1,117 trauma victim files were opened in the Sderot Mental Health Center.

The Palestinian Authority formally rejected a request by the United States on Wednesday to withdraw its demand for United Nations recognition as an independent country and membership in the international body.