Israel went in to Gaza to stop Hamas firing rockets across the border. But they still keep coming, if in fewer numbers. Sderot lies to the northeast of Gaza, and has frequently been the target of missile launches. The terror there is just as real as that felt by the people under fire in Gaza.
For the first time, Israel hinted its military operation could soon come to an end, but the Prime Minister said it would continue for the time being: “We must not, at the last moment, throw away what has been achieved by this unprecedented national effort,” said Ehud Olmert Three Israeli civilians have been killed since Israel launched its offensive two weeks ago. Most Hamas rockets have hit Sderot, Ashkelon and Ashdod, but this morning two landed in Beersheeba, some 40 kilometres east of Gaza. One hit a car, leaving its occupants suffering from shock. The missiles struck as students returned to class, nearly two weeks after schools were shut because of the continuing rocket attacks.