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Israeli mayor quits over rockets
Eli Moyal
Moyal hopes his quitting will get the government to take more action
An Israeli mayor has resigned over what he says is the government's inability to stop rocket fire from Gaza.

Eli Moyal, a well-known figure in the Israeli media, said that for years, no-one had taken responsibility for the situation in his town, Sderot.

A number of rockets were fired at Sderot earlier today; hundreds have been fired into Israel since June 2007.

Earlier, Israel's security cabinet was said to have ruled out, for now, any large-scale operations against Gaza.

On Tuesday, Israeli forces made an incursion into southern Gaza in one of their biggest attacks since June.

"Maybe this will spark the government to launch an operation for the lives of its [Sderot's] residents. I can't keep making the decisions, they can't keep piling it all on me," Mr Moyal said.

Unguided rockets from Gaza have killed at least six people in the town which has a population of 22,000.

House prices have collapsed in the town, and near daily "Red Alert" warnings cause panic among residents.

Residents frequently complain to the government that it is not doing enough to prevent rocket fire and provide reinforced protection of their homes.

A spokesman for the Palestinian militant group the Popular Resistance Committees in Gaza called the resignation of Mr Moyal a "victory for the resistance".





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