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(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski [file])
The north of Israel found itself once again under rocket fire early Tuesday evening and four people were lightly wounded as twenty rockets fell near Ma'alot. 16 others suffered from shock from the evening barrage.
Simultaneously, another volley of rockets rained down in Karmiel, but no one was wounded.
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After a comparatively quiet morning, rockets landed in Kfar Mrar, Kiryat Shmona, Acre, Tiberias, Ma'alot, Safed, and Nahariya in the afternoon. The heaviest barrage, which included 16 rockets, struck Haifa.
In Kfar Mrar, 15-year-old Dou'a Abbas was killed after a rocket struck her home near a mosque in the Galilee village, which is home to Druse, Christians, and Muslims.
Also, a 76-year-old Haifa resident died of a heart attack during the latest barrage of rockets on the city.
The elderly man collapsed as he ran towards a bomb shelter upon hearing a warning siren.
At least 24 of the wounded were evacuated to Poria Hospital near Tiberias, where hospital staff treated one person in serious condition and one person with moderate wounds. The rest of the evacuees, staff reported, were lightly wounded, although the wounded included an unusually large number of children.
Earlier, in Haifa, at least 23 people were wounded - two moderately and 11 lightly - when 16 rockets pounded the city. The rest were suffering from shock. Magen David Adom ambulances evacuated the wounded to Haifa's Rambam Hospital.
According to police, what could have been disastrous results of the salvo on Haifa were avoided, due to the fact that most of the rockets missed apartment buildings and impacted in courtyards.
One of the rockets hit a city bus. Puddles of blood were seen on the front steps of the bus leading up to the driver's seat. The windshield was hit by shrapnel.
A house that was hit by yet another rocket sustained heavy damage, but no one was seriously hurt, witnesses said. Two other rockets struck very close to one of the city's hospitals, doctors said.
In an almost simultaneous attack on the Upper Galilee, seven rockets fell in open spaces around Kiryat Shmona, setting fires in the area. No one was wounded.
Earlier on Tuesday, at least five rockets fell in Safed, three in Acre and one in Shfaram. All fell in open spaces and no one was hurt in the attacks.
Also Tuesday morning, warning sirens sounded throughout the North, including in Safed, Haifa, Karmiel and Kiryat Shmona.
In the South, one woman, reportedly a foreign worker, was moderately wounded from shrapnel when a Kassam rocket directly hit her home in the western Negev on Tuesday morning.
The Home Front Command has ordered all residents of northern communities to remain inside their protected rooms or bomb shelters during the day, and particularly when rocket alerts are sounded.
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