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‘Lebanon liable for Nahariya attack’

Posted by Andrea Pompozzi su 8 gennaio, 2009

Jan. 8, 2009

Two people were lightly wounded on Thursday morning when terrorists in Lebanon fired three Katyusha rockets at the Nahariya area in northern Israel. The IDF returned fire.

One of the rockets went through the roof of a Nahariya retirement home and exploded in the kitchen as about 25 elderly residents were eating breakfast in the adjacent dining hall. One resident suffered a broken leg and another sustained bruises, both apparently from slipping on the floor after emergency sprinklers came on.

“The rocket went through the roof, hurling the water heaters into the air. It went through upstairs bedrooms and then into the kitchen. There was a massive blast,” said Henry Carmelli, the home’s manager.

The IDF’s Northern Command held consultations following the attack, saying that “Israel holds the government of Lebanon and the Lebanese armed forces responsible for preventing rocket fire into Israel.” The army also said that Palestinian elements were interested in “dragging Lebanon into a war.”

The army advised citizens of the North to return to normalcy, saying that the attack was an isolated incident.

According to Northern Command assessments, the salvo was probably fired by Palestinian terror groups and not by Hizbullah, but the possibility that Hizbullah instructed another group to fire at Israel could not be ruled out.

“Nothing happens in Lebanon without a green light from Hizbullah,” a defense official said. “Even if it was a Palestinian group who fired the rockets, Hizbullah would have to at least have turned a blind eye to allow the rocket fire.”

Hizbullah denied involvement in the attack.

A Lebanese government official said the country was trying to determine who launched the rockets. The official also said Lebanon is committed to a UN-brokered truce that ended the Second Lebanon War in 2006.

An Al Jazeera reporter with close ties to Hizbullah said there was no chance the rockets were fired by the Shi’ite terror group, because the rockets were of an outdated model that Hizbullah had not used for years. Channel 10 also quoted him as saying that had Hizbullah wished to open a second front on Israel’s North it would have fired dozens of rockets and not only three.

Shlomi Mayor Gabi Na’aman told Channel 10 that the municipality decided to cancel schools on Thursday, but later in the day, the Home Front Command allowed people to go to work and children to go to school throughout the Western Galilee.

On Wednesday, Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah stepped up his rhetoric against Israel, warning that the IDF could not destroy Hamas and that Israel would suffer another “defeat” should it attack Lebanon.

In a speech broadcast on Arab media channels, Nasrallah vowed to crush any offensive Israel might launch against Hizbullah.

Israel had warned Hizbullah against opening another front, saying it would retaliate massively.

The rockets were fired from the southern town of Nakoura, where, in late December, the Lebanese army discovered and defused eight Katyusha rockets pointed at Israel.

Brenda Gazzar contributed to this report




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