Daily Israel Report

Multi-Pronged Hizbullah Attack on Northern Israel

In a massive offensive, Hizbullah terrorists fired Katyusha rockets and mortar shells at Israeli targets and infiltrated an IDF position in the Har Dov region Monday, wounding eleven, two seriously.
By Ezra HaLevi
First Publish: 11/22/2005, 7:04 AM / Last Update: 11/21/2005, 2:45 PM

Dozens of Katyusha rockets were fired at the cities of Kiryat Shemona, Metulah and other targets in the Galilee throughout Monday afternoon and evening. In addition, two Hizbullah terrorists infiltrated the IDF's Gladiola position, wounding four soldiers, including one seriously.

The injured soldiers were evacuated to Haifa's Rambam Hospital. Reports from the scene say the rocket attacks were particularly intense.

The attacks then continued later in the evening, with rockets launched at the Galilee city of Metulah, followed by an IDF Northern Command announcement for all residents of the northern Galilee to enter their bomb shelters. The Metulah attack directly struck a home.

Residents of nearby Kibbutz Snir, in the Galilee panhandle below Har Dov, took cover in their bomb shelters during the afternoon attack, as one rocket struck the kibbutz itself. As a precaution, children in three other Galilee kibbutzim were also rushed into bomb shelters due to the bombardment.

During the barrage, Israeli security forces exchanged fire with several terrorists near the Arab village of Rajar, which straddles the Israeli-Lebanese border. Four Hizbullah terrorists were killed in the exchange.

The IDF launched an air strike against a Hizbullah command post and surrounding roads used by the terrorists. Political commentators predict that Israel will not offer a stronger response than that already taken for fear that a more intense reaction would play into the hands of Hizbullah chief Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, who would benefit politically from an escalated conflagration.

There has been a heightened alert along the northern border in recent days, with the reception of intelligence information pointing to planned Hizbullah attacks and kidnappings.