Two Kassam rockets were fired at Sderot this afternoon (Thursday), with one landing in a schoolyard in the city center.  Another rocket hit just south of the city.  Three people were treated for shock in a local trauma center.

Earlier today, the Defense Ministry continued the government's defensive policy in the Negev by placing 15 portable shelters in various locations in Sderot for use during Kassam attacks.

The order was given Wednesday night by Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilnai, as a means of providing protection for residents during rocket attacks. 

This is the first stage of fortifying open areas in the city.  The second stage will feature the placement of reinforced bus stops, in accordance with an agreement made with parent groups just before the beginning of the school year.

On Wednesday, hundreds of Sderot residents protested outside the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem, demanding military action to put an end to the Kassam attacks on their homes.  Several protestors were reported to have fainted during violence when police blocked their attempt to enter Olmert's office. 

Many parents in Sderot continue to refuse to send their children to school for fear of rockets.  On Sunday, the first day of school, two rockets were fired at Sderot, followed the next day by seven more - including one that scored a direct hit on a house next to a day care center.

Additional protest activities are planned in Sderot and elsewhere in the coming days.