Sderot Struck by Rockets, School Van Targeted in Gaza

Arab terrorists fired Kassam rockets last night at the city of Sderot, heavily damaging a home. This morning, terrorists fired a rocket at a school van.

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One of two rockets fired by Arab terrorists last night at Sderot exploded in an open area outside the western Negev town, while the other exploded near the site of an attack last year that killed two children. Gandi Davidov, who lives in the house neighboring the site of the attack, said windows and doors were shattered in his home. Several Sderot residents were treated for shock.

This morning, Palestinian Authority terrorists fired an anti-tank rocket at a school vehicle traveling to Kfar Darom. In another attack in the area, an anti-tank rocket was fired at IDF forces near the community of Netzer-Hazani. No injuries were reported in either incident.

The Kassam rockets that fell on Sderot were fired from northern Gaza, according to defense sources. The IDF Southern Command reported that PA security forces are not taking any action in the area to curtail terrorism. Defense Minister Sha'ul Mofaz ordered a "measured response" to the attack.

As has been the case with many recent rocket attacks in the region, the Gaza-based Popular Resistance Committees, affiliated with Abu Mazen's Fatah organization, claimed responsibility for the shelling of S'derot. On Tuesday, the PA released two Hamas terrorists who were arrested the day before while carrying Kassam missiles.

Thursday morning, a rocket fired by PA terrorists fell just outside Sderot. Terrorists have renewed rocket attacks on Sderot the past two days, after several days of restricting mortar shell and rocket attacks to Jewish communities in Gaza. In general, there has been an increase in recent weeks of over 300% in Gaza-based attacks aimed at civilian and military targets throughout Gaza and southern Green Line Israel.

According to a cabinet decision made Tuesday, 44 municipalities in proximity to the Gaza region were approved to receive frontline status by the cabinet. This will entitle residents to government benefits currently enjoyed by Sderot residents as a result of ongoing Kassam rocket attacks into the Negev area. The proposal was presented to the cabinet by Defense Minister Sha'ul Mofaz.