At least 16 Katyusha rockets from Lebanon cause major damage in Kiryat Shmona

It's one of the heaviest barrages fired on Kiryat Shmona since the beginning of the war; Heavy damage was caused to houses, vehicles, infrastructure and property of residents; Electricity out in much of city
Yair Kraus|Updated:
Several rockets fell inside Kiryat Shmona following the rocket warning sirens that were activated when a barrage of 16 Katyusha rockets was fired from Lebanon early Sunday afternoon. Three people were injured in the attack, and there was direct damage in the city, including a building. Power outages also are reported throughout the city.
Some of the rockets were intercepted, according to the Israel Defense Forces spokesman.

Rockets intercepted, cause damage in Kiryat Shmona

Heavy damage was caused to houses, vehicles, infrastructure and property of residents.
"Those who have been talking about a cease-fire and an agreement between Israel and Hezbollah in recent days received a crushing answer today about the value of talks and agreements with terrorist organizations," Kiryat Shmona Mayor Avichai Stern said after the attack.
"The latest barrage launched in the afternoon toward Kiryat Shmona caused great damage and direct hits on destroyed houses. Imagine what would happen if there were families with children in those houses. So that we stop seeing these sights, I call on the Israeli government to start doing what is good for the Jews and not what the gentiles want. Anyone who thinks that the residents of Kiryat Shmona will return to the city to be ducks on a shooting range is seriously mistaken. If there is no clear decision, Kaplan's demonstrations will be child's play compared to what we are planning soon."
Police said that they are "currently dealing with several fallout scenes of rocket parts in the vicinity of the city of Kiryat Shmona; there is property damage, but no casualties are known at this time. North District police and police sappers are now isolating the fallout scenes and scanning for additional remains, in order to remove another risk to the public."
Magen David Adom reported that "at this stage no calls about casualties have been received. MDA teams went out to search places where reports of rocket falls were received."
Fire crews worked on several destruction and fire incidents in Kiryat Shmona as a result of the rocket barrage. A spokeswoman for fire and rescue said that "in several other scenes around the city, firefighters worked to extinguish vehicles on fire, gas leaks and search for victims at the crash sites."
Later on Sunday, rockets fired toward towns in the Golan sparked several fires.
Overnight between Saturday and Sunday, Israeli Air Force fighter jets struck Hezbollah terror targets in southern Lebanon, including a military structure in the area of Khiam, and an observation post in the area of Matmoura, according to the IDF.
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First published: 13:47, 05.05.24
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