A home in the southern Israeli town of Sderot was hit by a Qassam rocket fired from the Gaza Strip on Friday morning. This was the second time that the home had been hit, and one woman was treated for shock following the strike.
The "Red Alert" siren went off in Sderot and the adjacent Shaar Hanegev Regional Council around 5.50 a.m. One rocket hit the roof of the home before landing in the yard of the house next door. A second rocket landed in an open area of the regional council.
Limor Afflalo, whose home was hit, told reporters, "it happened to us again. It's just draining. Thank God there's only been damage to property and no one was hurt. It's a big miracle – but at eventually we're going to run out of miracles." She said they would not leave their home. "We left in 2007 because of the Qassam rockets, but I can't leave again, and now we're back to the same reality."
Sderot Mayor David Buskila visited the site of the attack, and said "there's no calm for us, we've returned to the difficult days of rocket strikes on Sderot. There may have been breaks, but for 12 years we've faced the firing." Buskila called on the prime minister and defense minister to act, saying that Sderot residents "demand calm."
Recently-appointed Homefront Defense Minister Avi Dichter also visited the scene on Friday morning. He said that Israel must adopt a complete strategy against the terrorists in Gaza to deter them from carrying out further attacks on Israel. "We must not allow ourselves to be provoked, we have to chose the best timing for us," he added.
Rockets also hit the south earlier in the week, just as the new school year started.
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