The city of Sderot on Friday night called on the Israeli government to respond to the rocket attack on the city earlier in the evening.
"The residents of the city are not guinea pigs. They have the right to lives that are quiet and safe. There is a pattern of activity designed to harm residents, especially at sensitive times like the holidays,” said the municipality.
“It’s time to extract a heavy price from Hamas, which is responsible for the goings on in Gaza, and make them think twice before they fire Kassams at us,” it added.
The rocket, fired by Gaza terrorists shortly before 9:00 p.m. on Friday evening, exploded near a home in the city, causing damage to the home and a parked bus.
There were no physical injuries but some people reportedly were treated for shock.
Friday’s attack marked the first time since the Operation Protective Edge in the summer of 2014 that a Gaza rocket landed inside Sderot.
However, Friday’s attack is the latest in a series of rocket attacks from Gaza, though quite a few of them have missed the mark and actually landed in Gazan territory. In one incident two weeks ago, Palestinian Authority-based media reported that one rocket exploded in the vicinity of a Gaza home, causing casualties.
Earlier on Friday, Yisrael Beytenu chairman MK Avigdor Liberman placed the blame on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for the rocket attack.
“There is no deterrence against terror in Jerusalem, there is no deterrence against the rockets from Gaza, there is no security for Israelis, there is no Prime Minister in Israel!” he wrote on Facebook.
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