Over 160 rockets fired at north

Five houses damaged by direct hits in Kiryat Shmona and Safed.

August 6, 2006 21:26
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At least 160 rockets rained down on northern cities on Monday, with over 50 landing in Kiryat Shmona. Several people were lightly wounded in the attacks, and five houses were damaged by direct hits in Kiryat Shmona and Safed. One of the rockets fired at Safed landed in the city's industrial district. Seven people were hospitalized in Nahariya as a result of the attacks. Two people were lightly wounded by shrapnel, three suffered from smoke inhalation, and two others were treated for shock.

Throughout the morning, warning sirens were heard in towns all over the North, as rockets landed in Kiryat Shmona, Tiberias, Safed, Nahariya, and towns in the upper Galilee, among others. The Home Front Command urged residents to enter shelters or inner rooms in their homes. The latest rocket barrages followed Sunday evening's devastating attack on Haifa, in which a woman and two men were killed and at least 189 people were wounded by a massive barrage of rockets that struck at least six sites in a crowded residential area. Two were critically wounded and died of their wounds shortly after. Several others were listed in serious condition. All of the wounded were evacuated to local hospitals within some 30 minutes. Two of the victims, Hanna Hamam, 62, and Labiba Mazawi, 67, both Haifa residents, will be laid to rest in the Christian section of the Haifa cemetery; the funeral procession will leave from the downtown Catholic church at 5 p.m.. The third victim, Roni Rubinski, 30, from Kiryat Motzkin, will be laid to rest at 2 p.m. in the Tel Regev cemetery, Israel Radio reported. One building sustained a direct hit and collapsed, trapping dozens of people inside. Emergency workers labored to extract the victims. The incident was defined a high-casualty event. This was the first time such a definition was applied to an attack on Israel since rockets started landing in Israel almost four weeks ago. The rockets were seen to have been launched from Tyre. The barrage resumed after a lull of a few hours since the first rocket attack on Sunday morning that killed twelve people. Some 10 rockets fell in the Haifa metropolitan area as well as in the Jezreel Valley shortly before the massive evening assault, while sirens sounded throughout the North.

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