CBNNews.com - KIRYAT SHMONA, Israel - For the second time this week, Lebanese terrorists fired Katyusha rockets on northern Israel.
At 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, residents of Kiryat Shmona heard the all-too-familiar explosions, seconds after the air raid sirens sounded.
Israel Defense Forces (IDF) troops on the northern border responded to the attack by firing artillery shells at the launch site.
Eyewitnesses reported seeing smoke from the rockets just outside the city limits.
"I heard two loud explosions, and I knew they were Katyushas," one resident told YNet news.
"I ran to the nearby shelter and only a minute or two later, air raid sirens sounded in the town," she said.
"It was terrifying. It took me two-and-a-half years back [to the war with Hezbollah in the summer of 2006]," she said.
"We thought last week's incident [rocket attacks] in Nahariya was an isolated event, but today it turned out otherwise," she said.
Magen David Adom (Israel's national emergency rescue service) paramedics treated two women for shock.
The mayor activated the city's operations room.
"I call on the residents to be patient and practice the strength they are known for," Kiryat Shmona Mayor Nissim Malka said.
"It appears our neighbors from the north are not prepared to let us be," he said.
"We're acting according to the army's instructions and in the next few hours, I advise everyone to remain in the shelters or near them until the situation is clarified," he said.
"We are here for all the residents, through the municipality's different units and departments, to deal with any problems," the mayor said.
Last Thursday, a Katyusha launched from Lebanon scored a direct hit on a nursing home in the coastal city of Nahariya, injuring two elderly residents and sending five others into shock.
Earlier in the week, there were also two cross-border shooting attacks, one from Syria Sunday afternoon and a second one from Jordan on Tuesday morning.
No one was injured in either attack, though vehicles were damaged at the northern border.
IDF troops have been on heightened alert throughout the country since the start of of the Israeli offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
Source: YNet news