'30,000 kids unprotected in Ashkelon'

City's mayor stresses danger to which South is exposed: "We can't keep playing Russian roulette."

kassam cell mounting rockets 248 ap (photo credit: AP)
kassam cell mounting rockets 248 ap
(photo credit: AP)
Ashkelon Mayor Benny Vaknin on Sunday told Israel Radio that over "30,000 students [in Ashkelon] are without rocket shields." "Not to mention thousands of unprotected residents," he continued. "I think the government should announce that every rocket fired at Ashkelon would have such a price tag, that [terrorists] would think many times before firing, [because the government's reaction would be] harsh and decisive." "We cannot continue playing Russian roulette here," he added. Vaknin stressed the danger to which his city's populace is exposed, and called on the government to react to Gaza fire. "Is there a government in Israel? I think not, I'm looking for one," said the mayor. Vaknin relayed the emotion turmoil sweeping over his city: "I met residents and school children, some of whom entered a state of anxiety following hearing the sirens... when they hear a siren, they have no alternative but to hide under their desks in class. The world must be laughing at us." Mulling the options he faced in forcing the government into reacting to Gaza fire, Vaknin stated, "We are formulating non-compromising modes of action; we will fight this government until it awakes, and if it doesn't, I will close [the city's] schools, and [some] 32,000 students will sit at home." "What would happen if, god-forbid, a Grad rocket hit the city? You must keep in mind that regarding Ashkelon, it's also about Grads, which can kill dozens of people," he concluded.