Gaza terror groups fire rockets at Sderot

May 3, 2023 by Pesach Benson
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The Sderot municipality reported on Tuesday afternoon that two rockets fired from Gaza landed in the city, damaging cars but causing no injuries to people.

Sderot following a Palestinian rocket attack on May 2, 2023.                              Photo by United Hatzalah

United Hatzalah responders said they treated a mother and her two children for emotional shock.

The Sapir College in Sderot suspended classes for the rest of the day.

The rocket fire is believed to be in response to the death of a hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner on Tuesday morning.

Sheikh Khader Adnan, a senior figure in the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group, died following an 86-day hunger strike.

The Israeli Prison Service said he was found unconscious in his cell this morning. CPR was performed and he was taken to the Assaf HaRofeh Hospital in Beer Yaakov where he was pronounced dead. The IPS stressed that Adnan had refused to undergo medical tests or receive medical treatment during his hunger strike.

The 45-year-old Adnan spent many years in Israeli prisons during ten different terms. He popularised the use of hunger strikes by Palestinian prisoners.

He was most recently arrested in February for suspected membership in a terror group, support for a terrorist organisation and incitement.

Shortly after Adnan’s death on Tuesday morning, Gaza terror groups fired three rockets at southern Israel, which all landed harmlessly in open areas.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will hold a situational assessment. The question of whether to return Khader’s body will be discussed.

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