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Mayor of rocket-battered Sderot denounces ceasefire

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

The mayor of Sderot, whose town has been heavily targeted by Gaza rocket fire in the current round of fighting and in years past, harshly denounces the government’s decision to enter into an unconditional ceasefire with the Hamas terror group.

“This proves that despite the full support and perseverance and heroism that the residents of the south have shown for the past 20 years, it appears that Prime Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu and the Israeli government are not interested in defeating Hamas and prefer temporary quiet for residents of central Israel at the expense of residents of the Gaza periphery and the south, who will continue to suffer from terrorism,” Mayor Alon Davidi says.

An Israeli inspects the damage to his house following a rocket attack from the Gaza Strip, in the southern Israeli city of Sderot on May 15, 2021. (JACK GUEZ / AFP)
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