Rocket fired during Obama visit found at Sderot kindergarten
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Rocket fired during Obama visit found at Sderot kindergarten

Gaza missile damaged the building, which was closed for Passover vacation

Aaron Kalman is a former writer and breaking news editor for the Times of Israel

Sderot kindergarden hit by a Kassam rocket fired by Gaza terrorists during US President Barack Obama's visiting to Israel, April 2, 2013 (photo credit: Flash90)
Sderot kindergarden hit by a Kassam rocket fired by Gaza terrorists during US President Barack Obama's visiting to Israel, April 2, 2013 (photo credit: Flash90)

The remains of a rocket fired from Gaza into Israel during US President Barack Obama’s visit 12 days ago were found Tuesday afternoon in a Sderot kindergarten.

The rocket caused damage to the building, but no injuries, because the kindergarten was closed for the Passover holiday.

Parents and teachers only discovered that the rocket had struck the kindergarten when they arrived Tuesday to prepare the facility for the return of children after a three-week Passover vacation. They found the remains of the rocket in the courtyard, and discovered the damage to the building. Police sappers cleared away the remains of the projectile.

Police said the rocket was most likely one of four fired from Gaza into the south of Israel on March 21, the second day of Obama’s tour. Another of the four landed in the yard of a Sderot home, also causing damage but no injuries.

Hamas has fired thousands of rockets from Gaza into the south of Israel over the past decade. The IDF has carried out a number of military operations in the Strip, including the 2009 Cast Lead and 2012 Pillar of Defense offensives, designed to halt the fire.

There has been hardly any rocket fire since the conclusion of November’s Pillar of Defense operation, and military sources said the March 21 fire was timed by Gaza terror groups to “send a message” during the Obama visit “that they’re still here.”

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