Rockets Pound Israel before Truce Ends

Ad Feedback - WESTERN NEGEV, Israel - Two days before the six-month cease-fire with Israel ends, Palestinian terrorists pounded southern Israeli communities with rockets Wednesday afternoon, one exploding in the parking lot of a large shopping center in Sderot, lightly injuring three people.

Two people were injured by shrapnel and a third with damage to his ears. Numbers of others were treated for shock.

Several cars and a supermarket sustained heavy damage.

"I arrived at the supermarket," Sderot resident Yair Madmon told YNet news. "While I was standing by the entrance, I heard a loud whistle and then the explosion. It happened right before my eyes. The rocket landed close to me. It was scary," Madmon said.

"Kassams landed in my backyard twice in the past, yet this time it was much scarier," he said. "There was chaos at the site. Products flew off the shelves. People started screaming and running away. And many children were crying," he said. "It was simply scary to see it. I'm still fightened by what happened," he said.

The shelling followed more than 10 rocket attacks before midday, one Kassam landing near a factory in the coastal city of Ashkelon's southern industrial zone. Three workers were treated for ringing in their ears at Barzilai Medical Center.

By day's end, Palestinian terrorists fired 24 Kassams and one mortar shell on Israel.

Wednesday's attacks bring the eight-year total to more than 10,000 Kassam rockets and mortar shells, 7,000 of which have been fired since the government's "unilateral disengagement" from Gaza in August 2005.

By the end of the day on Tuesday, Palestinians fired 11 rockets and a mortar on the western Negev, one exploding on a soccer field next to Sapir College in Sderot, sending several people into shock.

A child was treated for shock earlier in the day following a rocket attack.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak continued his policy of closing border crossings in response to the attack, though the IAF (Israel Air Force) destroyed two rocket launch pads in northern Gaza near the city of Beit Hanoun.

"If the lull is violated and the situation requires it, we will act in the proper time," Barak said.

Sources: YNet news, Haaretz

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