Sunday, July 16, 2006

At least 9 People Killed In New Barrage of Missiles Into Haifa and Surroundings

Martial Law Declared in the North

At least eight people were killed as Katyusha rockets hit three cities along Israel's northern coast, including Haifa, on Sunday morning.

Most of the fatalities were in an Israel Railways garage located near an Israel Electric Corporation installation on Haifa Bay, according to the Magen David Adom director general.

Following the strike, Israel Railways announced it was halting train traffic north of Binyamina...

A strategic installation on Haifa Bay was hit by another rocket, Channel 10 said.

Hizb'allah is threatening to hit the oil refineries in Haifa if attacks continue in Beirut. Can they aim that precisely? They are claiming that so far they have avoided them intentionally.

Debka reports:
Most of the casualties at the main railway terminal near Checkpoint in Haifa. Hizballah reports improved Grad rockets fired in its deadliest attack so far in reprisal for air raids against Beirut. Their range is 35-40 km.

London-based newspaper al-Sharq al-Awsat quotes senior Iranian army official saying that:
In 2005, Hizbullah received the first shipment of huge 333 millimeter rocket launchers, as well as large quantities of ant-aircraft SAM-7 shoulder missiles and C-802 missiles, originally manufactured in China. The C-802 was used in the recent attack on the Israeli Navy ship off the Lebanon coast.

The official also said Hizbullah is in possession of four types of advanced ground-to-ground missiles: Fajr missiles with a range of 100 kilometers, Iran 130 missiles with a range of 90-110 kilometers, Shahin missiles with a range of up to 150 kilometers and a 355 millimeter rockets with a 150 kilometer range.

Channel 2 New in Israel is reporting that Nasrallah was wounded in the attack, though senior Hizb'allah officials are denying it.

It is reported by Al Manar he is to give an interview on Sunday to prove he is well.


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