Metula. Threat from border?
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Metula residents urged to evacuate town

Defense officials recommend that residents of northern border town evacuate their houses, for fear shooting attacks on community may resume. Metula representatives go door to door to pass on word to locals

Day 13: Defense officials recommended Monday that residents of the northern town of Metula evacuate their homes for fear fire attacks on the place may resume in wake of the IDF's activity in the region.


Representatives of the community are going door to door, passing on the message to residents.


Head of the Metula Municipality, Kobi Katz, said: "Our community was founded in 1896 and during all those years we knew both difficult and easy times. The population living here is strong and it knows how to deal with the situation."


He added: "We as an authority are not forcing anyone to leave or stay, but of course we advise residents who have families in the center of the country to leave with their children for a number of days so that they can rest and come back, as was the case in previous incidents. Unfortunately Metula is at the center of things, the whole of the Galilee and the city of Haifa also took hits since the start of heavy fighting and therefore it's not clear to me why calls are being made to leave without giving any explanation."


Since the start of the war a number of families have left the community, mainly women and children. Despite the announcement given to residents, army sources said that the instruction to clear the homes was not given by them. "Rather we ask that all residents of the frontline continue to remain in shelters."


Attack last week


Terrorists fired at Metula's direction from two spots on the Lebanese side of the border last week, and the IDF suspected that the attack was carried out in the course of an attempt to infiltrate the place.


The incident occurred only hours after two IDF soldiers were killed and another nine were injured in battle with a Hizbullah force near the border community of Avivim.


Earlier Monday 10 IDF soldiers were injured in a series of fire exchanges between military ground forces and Hizbullah gunmen near Bint Jbeil in southern Lebanon.


פרסום ראשון: 07.24.06, 12:35
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