Sderot mayor: 'They have forgotten us'

Soldier hurt, others suffer shock as Kassam rockets hit town's center.

September 26, 2006 10:05
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Sderot mayor: 'They have forgotten us'

kassam 298. (photo credit: Channel 10)


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Sderot Mayor Eli Moyal complained on Tuesday that the government had neglected his town. "They have forgotten us," said Moyal in the wake of the morning's Kassam rocket attack which wounded a female soldier. Moyal said that the North was being rehabilitated at the expense of the South. "They continually talk of rebuilding the North but hardly mention the South," he exclaimed. The soldier was lightly-to-moderately wounded and several other people suffered shock when two rockets were fired into the town's center. A warning siren sounded for 15 seconds before two loud explosions were heard as the rockets landed. One rocket landed on a traffic circle, spreading shrapnel, which hit the female soldier in the stomach. Several other people standing in the vicinity suffered shock. The other rocket landed in the yard of a residential home. No casualties were reported, though the house sustained damage. The explosions caused several power cuts throughout the town and panic among residents. "We heard the siren and lay down on the ground," said one resident. "Shrapnel flew everywhere - it hit my friend in the leg, and I was hit in the hand," he added. Another Sderot resident described the trauma she and her family have had to endure on a regular basis. "We are living on borrowed time. I don't know how we continue living here," she lamented. "We are scared to leave our homes." She said that she had a 13-year-old daughter who was "feeling terrible, as are all the other schoolchildren." "I don't know how children can carry on studying or concentrate in class," she said. The anxious resident described how she and everyone she knew in the town were taking some form of medication to alleviate their distress. "Everyone I speak to is taking pills," she said. While conceding that schools were secured against the threat of Kassam attacks, she protested that there were no defenses for businesses, shops or the street. She urged Israel to halt the attacks. "The government needs to quickly provide us with a solution," she said, adding, "we don't receive any benefits or compensation for living in the line of fire." Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack, specifying that the rockets used were in fact "Kuds 3"s. The terrorist group said that the attacks were a response to "Israeli aggression."

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