Sunday, August 06, 2006

Israeli Army Reservists die from Hezbollah's Katyusha

This morning for us, but late afternoon the waling, warning air sirens went off and Israeli families ran to their bomb shelters. At this same time, though a group of Israeli reservist did not take warning and a katyusha hit smack in the center of where they were meeting.

Picture Caption: An Israeli soldier gustures next to covered bodies of reserve soldiers, killed by a Hezbollah rocket attack, near the entrance to the communal farm of Kfar Giladi in northern Israel Sunday Aug. 6, 2006. Ten people, nine of them reserve soldiers were killed in the attack. Hezbollah guerrillas pounded towns across northern Israel with an enormous barrage of rockets on Sunday afternoon (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Via AP: BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) - Hezbollah guerrillas unleashed their deadliest barrage of rockets into northern Israel on Sunday, killing 11 people and wounding 14, while Israeli bombardment killed a dozen people in Lebanon as fighting intensified despite a draft U.N. cease-fire resolution.

Israeli jets fired six missiles into Beirut's southern suburbs Sunday afternoon, Lebanese security officials said. Loud explosions shook the capital, and a column of white smoke rose over the horizon.

Hezbollah and its allies rejected the U.S.-French text of the U.N. resolution, saying its terms for a halt in fighting did not address Lebanon's demands - in a signal that the nearly 4-week-old battle would burn on.

Both sides appeared to be aiming to inflict maximum mutual damage in the few days before the resolution is expected to be voted on by the U.N. Security Council.

Hezbollah fired dozens of rockets at Israeli towns, with one making a direct hit on a crowd at the entrance of the communal farm of Kfar Giladi.

Ten people were killed outright in the explosion, and another died a few hours later from his wounds, Israeli emergency services said. It was the highest toll from a rocket attack since the conflict began July 12. Israel's Channel Two television said nine of the dead were army reservists. [read more]