Thursday, January 8, 2009

Four Katyushas Rockets Hit Northern Israel

Four Katyushas Hit North, IDF Retaliates
Source: Arutz 7
by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

(IsraelNN.com) At least four Katyusha rockets hit northwestern Israel, in the area of the coastal city of Nahariya, around 7:35 a.m. Thursday morning. One of the missiles hit the roof of an old age facility in Nahariya.

The IDF has been on alert for rocket fire from Hizbullah and is investigating areas of impact. Schools in Nahariyah were ordered closed, and Lebanon also closed schools in Beirut out of fear of IDF retaliation.

Two elderly people from the old-age facility are being treated in Nahariya Hospital for light shrapnel wounds in the legs, and four others are being treated for shock.
The Home Front Command has ordered residents to enter shelters.

Hizbullah's Al Manar television station reported that Israel retaliated with five mortar shells, and the IDF confirmed that artillery fire was aimed at the source of the rocket firings.

Hizbullah has smuggled in from Syria three times more rockets than it possessed before the Second Lebanon War two years ago. It has not taken responsibility for the rocket attacks, which may have been initiated by another terrorist group with the approval of Hizbullah. Israeli media reported that the rockets were older models and probably were fired bya small terrorist group.
In the south, sirens warning of incoming Gaza terrorist rockets were activated at around 8:00 a.m. in Ashdod. No one was wounded and there were no reports of property damage.

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