Sderot

A Train With Southern Exposure

Negev tourism now an easy rail ride from the rest of Israel’s treasures.

JNS
05/21/2014

Past the Gaza Strip, toward the rocket-battered southern Israeli city of Sderot, a new rail line now connects isolated Negev communities to the larger Israeli population centers. Not surprisingly, the Sderot line also opens the gates to increased tourism in that region.

Kibbutz Dorot, about five miles east of Sderot. Jeffrey F. Barken

VIDEO: From Schools To Bomb Shelters, Israel Lagging On Promise To Disabled

SDEROT, Israel — A thick concrete bomb shelter sits by the side of a central street in this embattled southern Israeli town, but Naomi Moravia can’t get inside.

Naomi Moravia, Struggle for the Disabled, in front of a locked gate that leads to a bomb shelter. Ben Sales

A Mea Culpa From The Media

As Israel’s offensive in Gaza gathers momentum, many in the Jewish community have noticed international coverage of suffering in the strip.

They have accordingly seized the opportunity to again protest the media’s neglect of Sderot and other southern Isareli communities that bear the burden of daily bombardment.

Palestinians search the debris of the al-Dallu family home after an Israeli airstrike on Nov. 18. Getty Images

Three Israelis Killed by Rocket From Gaza

IDF: air offensive has damaged Gaza's rocket launchers and munitions warehouses.

11/15/2012

Three Israelis were killed when a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip hit their apartment in southern Israel.

The rocket that struck the Kiryat Malachi apartment on Thursday morning -- one of at least 140 rockets fired from Gaza since the assassination late Wednesday afternoon of the Hamas military chief in Gaza, Ahmed Jabari -- also injured a baby girl and a 4-year-old boy. A second building in Kiryat Malachi also was hit.

Israel launches airstrikes on Gaza. Getty Images

More Israelis Seek Psychological Help Due to Rocket Fire

Experts say children in the south live in a state of "routine emergency."

11/14/2012

Rounds of fighting in southern Israel and the constant rocket fire on towns and cities bordering the Gaza Strip have not only physically endangered the safety of residents, but have also had a telling effect on their psychological health.

The ERAN Association for Emotional First Aid has reported an increase of 22 percent in the number of Israelis in the south who have contacted it in recent days for assistance. More than 150 rockets have been fired at southern Israel since Saturday night, Israeli officials said.

A Qassam rocket in Sderot. Wikimedia Commons

Rockets From Gaza Hit Israel For Third Day

Egyptian-brokered peace agreement fails when Islamic Jihad continues to fire.

11/12/2012

Rockets fired from Gaza continued to hit southern Israel for a third day, despite Egyptian officials' attempts to mediate a ceasefire.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta inspected the Iron Dome in August. A launcher is visible in the background. Getty Images

Rocket From Gaza Destroys Two Homes In Southern Israel

09/09/2012

 A long-range Grad rocket fired from Gaza seriously damaged two houses in a southern Israeli city.

Two homes in Netivot, located between Gaza and Beersheba, were hit with one rocket in the early Sunday morning attack. One of the homes was completely destroyed. A resident of the home saved himself by running into a bathroom with a concrete ceiling, Ynet reported. The rest of the house fell down around him, according to the report.

A second rocket landed in Beersheba, but did not cause any damage.

Rocket From Gaza Destroys Two Homes In Southern Israel

09/09/2012

 A long-range Grad rocket fired from Gaza seriously damaged two houses in a southern Israeli city.

Two homes in Netivot, located between Gaza and Beersheba, were hit with one rocket in the early Sunday morning attack. One of the homes was completely destroyed. A resident of the home saved himself by running into a bathroom with a concrete ceiling, Ynet reported. The rest of the house fell down around him, according to the report.

A second rocket landed in Beersheba, but did not cause any damage.

Repaired Sderot-Area Home Takes Second Hit From Gaza Rocket

08/31/2012

A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel hit a house near Sderot on Friday morning, but no one was injured.

Israel Radio reported the same house had sustained a direct hit in the past. 

According to the report, the hit on Friday caused some damage to the property. Rescue forces treated one person for shock.

The area has seen several incoming rockets in the last few days. The Israel Defense Forces struck munitions depots in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday in response to the rocket fire.

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