As Sderot strike ends, residents turn to court

Kassam rocket lands in center of town, not far from a school; Defense Ministry to send 15 protective cement shelters.

no school 298.88 AJ (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
no school 298.88 AJ
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
The Sderot Parents Association on Thursday ended its two-day school strike and has turned instead to the High Court of Justice to force the government to educate local children outside of the city. The majority of parents had kept their children home on Wednesday and Thursday following a Kassam attack earlier this week which nearly hit a pre-school in session. Most of the schools in the southern city are not fully protected against the rockets. Still, all Sderot children plan to return to class on Friday, even though a Kassam rocket landed in the city center on Thursday not far from a school. But the parents' group has now turned to the High Court, demanding that it compel the government to find a safe alternative for their children until all the schools are fortified or the rockets stop falling. The state had already demanded that the government fortify all 11 school buildings in Sderot in May, according to the parents' attorney, Karen Raz Morag. The state has asked the court to give it until 2010 to comply. The parents said they would agree to this schedule only if the state educates their children outside the city until full protection is provided. In the meantime, the Defense Ministry announced it was sending 15 protective cement shelters to Sderot, many of which are being placed outside schools.