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Rockets kill Israelis

by: Hagai Einav, Ynetnews - Last updated: 2006-08-06



Ten Israelis were killed and four others were seriously injured Sunday during a rocket attack fired on Kibbutz Kfar Giladi in the Kiryat Shmona area.

Choppers were dispatched to area to assist in the evacuation of the wounded.

According to initial reports, a Katyusha landed near the kibbutz’s cemetery.

Galilee Police Sub-District Commander Danny Hadad said “this is one of the most severe incidents since the onset of the fighting in Lebanon; there are many casualties at the scene.”

“There was a high concentration of people at the site, and that’s what made the difference,” he said. 

Celebratory processions were held in Nablus following the lethal attack.

Cars with photographs of Hassan Nasrallah drove past with Hizbullah flags.

Earlier three rockets landed Sunday in open territories in the Maalot area. There were no injuries and no damage was caused. Security forces are searching the area to ensure that no further rockets fell.

Two rockets fell in open territories in the center of the Golan Heights. There were no injuries reported there either.

At around 9:30 a.m. a rocket barrage was fired at Safed. Until now two rocket landings have been identified in open territories and no damage has been reported. Rescue workers and security forces are searching the area.

Air raid sirens have been heard in Nahariya, Maalot, the Upper Galilee and Tiberias. Residents have been called to enter protected residents out of concern for rocket landings.

Tiberias police said no rockets landed in the city.

Despite the IDF's intensive operations in southern Lebanon, Hizbullah has continued to fire rockets at Israel at a rate of almost 200 rockets a day. Over the weekend seven civilians have been killed by Hizbullah rockets. The terror organization succeeded for the first time at firing long-range missiles at Hadera.

The IDF has dispatched special commando forces into the heart of Sidon and struck the Hizbullah members behind the Hadera attack.

Aviram Zino contributed to this report.

Reproduced with permission: Ynet