Ten explosions were heard in the area one minute after the air raid siren sounded, just a short while after French Foreign Minister Phillipe Douste-Blazy left the area. Douste-Blazy was in Haifa for talks with the mayor and other city officials before meeting with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni in Jerusalem.

Rockets crashed in five separate areas in the attack, including the Krayiot and Carmiel.

Police said one rocket struck a car and hurled it into the opposite lane. The driver was killed by wounds in his upper body from flying shrapnel. Two others in the car were also injured.

A second person was killed while running to the shelter when the missile scored a direct hit on the carpentry shop where he worked. His three co-workers made it to safety.

One woman, whose home in Nesher took a direct hit, said she owed her life to her husband. “I was suntanning on our balcony when my husband came and practically dragged me into the shelter. I didn’t want to go, but he insisted, and it was a good thing. A few seconds later we heard the explosion right above us. If I had been on the balcony, I would have been killed.” The family’s dog and bird were saved as well, she said.

Other missiles hit Carmiel, with a child lightly injured in the attack. Rosh Pina also suffered a barrage of rockets in the early morning, with no reports of injuries or damage from the city.

Other communities in the northwestern border area heard explosions as Katyushas rained down Sunday morning. No injuries or damage were reported.

For the first time, sirens blared in Zichron Yaakov and Binyamina, but rockets did not land in either of the towns.