The sirens rang out across the city at 7.45 p.m. Smoke rose above the buildings. And in an Arab neighborhood toward the bottom of Mount Carmel, a rocket slammed into a home, leaving half of it in ruins.
A woman in her 70s tried to make it out. She died from her wounds in front of the door. You could see the patches of blood on the ground in the courtyard where her body had lain.
Rita Farren, who lives across the street from the attack site, said she had spoken to her neighbor in the afternoon, when a previous warning siren rang out. They stood in the stairwell together. They couldn't head for the bomb shelter; their building doesn't have one.
"I looked at her and said, 'God is great. He will watch out for us,'" said Farren.
The name of Farren's neighbor had not been released for publication at press time. Neither had the names of the two other fatalities in the attack.
Outside, angry neighbors complained to the media about the lack of shelters in a neighborhood devastated by the rocket's impact. They see it as a sign of discrimination, even though the city has provided a daytime shelter for the area's Israeli-Arab children.
One man said, "Don't focus on the number of women, speak instead about our need for shelters."
"And they say that this is a city of coexistence," he added sarcastically.
In another part of the city further up the Carmel, a rocket landed on a street, cutting out the electricity and shattering car windows. The road was carpeted with glass.
An elderly man came outside in the dark to inspect the damage. Police urged him to go back inside. "But I'm all alone in the building," the man said, heading reluctantly home.
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