Woman and five year old grandson killed in rocket attack in Meron - as 700 rockets land inside Israeli towns
July 14, 2006
Woman grandson killed as rocket hits house
Over 100 Katyusha rockets that were fired at northern Israel on Friday killed a woman and a 5-year-old child, and wounded about 50 others.
The rockets landed across northern Israel in the following communities: Nahariya, Safed, Hatzor, Yesod Ha'ma'ala, Bar'am, Kiryat Shmona, Mahanayim, Horfesh, Biranit, Meron, Ma'alot, Matat, near Rosh Pina, Sasa, Karmiel, Pki'in, Misgav Am, Metula, Beit Hillel, Shar Yishuv and near Kibbutz Hagoshrim and Kibbutz Ma'ayan Baruch.
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On Friday evening, a woman and her 5-year-old grandson were killed in a rocket strike on the town of Meron. The child's mother and father were lightly wounded. Another child was listed in moderate to serious condition.
In light of the situation, the IDF has decided to operate a silent radio wave in the following frequencies: FM 102.2, 98.5, 95.7.
This enables those keep the Sabbath to leave the radio turned on and listen to emergency announcements.
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Earlier, 18 people were wounded in a barrage of rockets on Safed and Nahariya. A rocket landing in Safed hit a residential building, wounding 12. One of the wounded in Safed sustained serious wounds, another was moderately wounded.
Nahariya also sustained another barrage of five Katyusha in the late morning, causing a brush fire in an open area. Western Galilee fire fighters were working to control the flames.
Over 700 Katyusha rockets and mortar shells have been fired on northern Israel in the current offensive in Lebanon, a senior IDF official reported on Friday.
This continuous barrage of rockets included several Katyushas that landed in Nahariya and the surrounding area and one that hit a house in Kiryat Shmona early Friday afternoon. No one was wounded in the attacks, which followed close on the heels of four rockets that landed near Rosh Pina and Safed earlier in the day and caused power failures in the area, but no injuries.
Meanwhile, the second fatality in the Safed attack on Thursday evening was identified as Nitzan Roseban, 33, a Safed resident. Roseban was seriously wounded when a Katyusha rocket landed near his motorcycle, and died of his wounds in the hospital.
Army spokesman Cpt. Jacob Dallal announced that Israel "cannot tolerate a situation where a terrorist organization is operating from a sovereign country on our northern border and threatening well over half a million Israeli civilians."
On Thursday, in a drastic escalation of what has become a war across Israel's northern border, Hizbullah fired Katyusha rockets that landed in Haifa and Nahariya while the IDF laid siege to Lebanon, imposing a naval blockade and bombing Beirut's international airport.
Late Thursday night, the IDF's Home Front Command ordered up to a million residents throughout the North - including Haifa, Acre, Nahariya, Safed, Kiryat Shmona and nearby communities - to stay in shelters in case of additional attacks.
Argentinean immigrant Monica Lehrer Zeidman, 40, was killed after a Katyusha rocket hit her home in Nahariya and several others were reported to be in critical and serious conditions from rocket attacks in Safed. A man in Safed later died of his wounds. In total, over 120 Israelis were injured on Thursday after over 100 Katyusha rockets landed throughout northern Israel.
The cities that sustained the most rocket attacks were Nahariya and Safed. Hizbullah also repeatedly bombarded nearby communities throughout the day, while the IDF conducted a massive operation against Lebanon following the capture of two Israeli soldiers during Wednesday's Hizbullah attack along the northern border. Eight other soldiers were killed in that attack.