Photo: Reuters
Northern residents stay in shelters despite quiet
Photo: Reuters

Siren heard in Nahariya – a first

Number of bombs land next to upper Galilee town near border. In Nahariya, which has been hit by tens of rockets, sirens sounded for first time

Several mortar shells were fired Tuesday morning at Israeli communities in the Upper Galilee, near the border. No injuries were reported in the shooting and no damage was caused. Mortars were also fired at Israel on Monday and landed in Kiryat Shmona.


Sirens were heard in Nahariya and Akko in the morning, but no rockets were reported. This is the first time the siren was activated in Nahariya, which has sustained dozens of rocket hits throughout the current war. The town's residents, who have been spending most of their time in shelters in the last three weeks, remained there in the past two days despite the relative calm that has prevailed in the area.


Nahariya residents have so far been receiving warnings of rocket fire through the municipal PA system. On Monday night, an alarm system from the Home Front Command was connected to the PA system. This was made possible following Hizbullah's retreat northward into Lebanon from the border, creating a longer period between the time a missile is launched and the time it hits.


Monday was the quietest day since the outbreak of fighting; save only a number of mortar shells fired at Kiryat Shmona, no rockets landed in the entire northern region. On Sunday, in contrast, the highest number of rockets hit in the three weeks of fighting, when 148 rockets were shot toward Israel, 100 of them landing in Kiryat Shmona. Crews of Magen David Adom treated 59 people. As a result of the shooting, 47 people were injured – one was moderately injured, eight lightly injured and 38 shock victims.


פרסום ראשון: 08.01.06, 11:15