Some 60 rockets strike northern cities

Kiryat Shmona, Ma'alot, Acre sustain barrage; alerts sound throughout North.

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Rocket fire resumed on northern Israel cities, including Ma'alot, Acre, the Haifa periphery, Karmiel, Kiryat Shmona on Saturday, leaving at least four northern residents lightly wounded and several others suffering from shock. Some 60 rockets landed in Israel throughout the day, in contrast to 120 on Friday and a daily average of 150 rockets during the last week. At 7:00 p.m., alert sirens were sounded in Haifa and the surrounding Bay area. Earlier in the day, sirens were also heard in Nahariya, Karmiel, Ma'alot, and other villages throughout the north. The IDF had ordered local residents to enter bomb shelters or protected rooms. Earlier Saturday, two rockets hit open areas near Safed. Two local residents were lightly wounded from shrapnel in the attack. Rockets that fell in Kiryat Shmona lightly wounded four residents. Several others were taken to hospital for shock. A Katyusha rocket directly hit an eleven story building in Kiryat Shmona Friday afternoon. Rescue workers said that no major damage had been done to the building and there was no danger that the building could collapse. A number of rockets hit Kiryat Shmona earlier Friday, wounding one woman who had been directly hit by shrapnel, while another person was lightly wounded. At least three rockets hit Safed on Friday afternoon, lightly wounding two residents who were taken to Ziv Hospital. Several people in both locations were taken to hospital for shock. One home in Haifa sustained a direct hit from several rockets on Friday morning. Rescue forces were rushing to the scene. In an earlier barrage, two people were lightly wounded from shrapnel and several others suffered shock in the Carmel region. At least one rocket fell in Shlomi and four landed in a community near Nahariya. Though a Nahariya home was hit directly, no one was hurt in the attacks. Fifteen rockets hit Haifa on Friday, five of them landing in residential areas. One of the rockets left a large crater in the road and shattered nearby windows, leading police to suspect that the rocket was larger than previous ones. Two people were wounded by shrapnel. Several buildings sustained damage from the attacks. Fires broke out in several areas hit by rockets in Haifa. A farm in the Galilee Panhandle sustained damage after being hit by a rocket. Several rockets also landed in near Ma'a lot. Sirens were heard throughout the day in Safed, Tiberias, Ramot Naftali, Kiryat Shmona, Haifa, Krayot, Shfaram and Acre.