Woman killed in northern rocket attack

Thursday, July 13, 2006 |  by Staff Writer
A 40-year-old woman was killed in her bedroom and another 12 residents were injured after Hezballah launched a barrage of rockets at the northern coastal town of Nahariya. The wounded were hospitalized with shrapnel and shockwave injuries.

Israel’s northern residents spent the night in shelters as several bombardments took place Thursday morning. The Katyusha rockets landed deep inside Israel and in several residential areas.

“The house trembled, and although the blinds were shut, windows shattered due to the shockwave,” said Elle Merkin-Spector, a city council member, who lives in a building hit in the attack. “This is the first time we experienced a Katyusha so close to home. The most frightening part was the baby's unstoppable crying, and the fear that another missile is expected to arrive following the first hit.”

The city has declared a state of emergency. At Nahariya Hospital, patients were moved to secure rooms and about 60 expectant mothers were taken to underground shelters, said hospital deputy director Moshe Daniel. Mayor Jackie Sabag said the whole town has shut down, businesses are closed and residents were asked to comply with army orders to stay in underground shelters.

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