Tuesday, September 4

'Back-to-school' daze in Israel (video coverage)

Much of the Kassam rocket fire emanates from
the largely agricultural Beit Hanun area
within the Gaza Strip to the left, and is
commonly aimed at Sderot (to the right)
and other nearby Israeli civilian areas.

This was what the second day of school in the Israeli town of Sderot, a few miles from the Gaza Strip was like:

Video courtesy of the Sderot Media Center.

Islamic Jihad took responsibility for the 7-to-9 rocket salvo, calling it, "a present for the start of the new school year."

SDEROT, Israel — A Palestinian rocket landed in a courtyard next to a crowded day care centre in this southern Israeli town on Monday, sending panicked mothers scrambling to rush their screaming toddlers to safety.
The Jerusalem Post:
The Sderot Parents Association decided they would not take their children to schools and day care centers beginning Tuesday, until the government changed its policy regarding ongoing Kassam rocket attacks on the western Negev town, The Jerusalem Post learned Monday.

Parents also decided to erect a protest tent outside the prime minister's office starting Wednesday, where they said they would remain until the government found alternative sites for studies to take place.
Israel's reaction to Qassam rocket fire on the Negev region has already taken a heavy toll on Palestinians, and it will take an even heavier toll on them in the future, according to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

"My daughter called me terrified and hysteric," one mother says, "our children are studying under fire"

Following Monday’s Qassam rocket attacks on Sderot, Olmert said, "We will not put up with this attack. The IDF has been instructed to destroy all launchers and target anyone involved in the attacks. Rocket barrages have once again been launched on Sderot. They threatened the wellbeing of kindergarten children in this rocket-battered town, which has been exposed to the terror groups' brutality for over five years."
More Sderot coverage is here.

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