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Sderot

Sderot, situated in the western Negev, is less than a mile from the Gaza Strip and the Palestinian neighborhood of Bet Hanoun. Originally founded next to a transit camp for new immigrants from Kurdistan, Morocco and Romania, the city now boasts over fifteen thousand residents including immigrants from the former Soviet Union and veteran Israelis. Since the outbreak of the Second Intifada in 2000, Sderot has fallen victim to thousands of Kassam rockets from terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip, making life unbearably difficult for the residents. While many fled the city, the majority have chosen to stay together with their families and stand valiantly on the forefront of Israel’s war on terror. There has been a considerable decrease in rocket fire over the past year since Operation Cast Lead.