Hezbollah Rockets Kill 9 In Haifa

Joanna Wypior
Haifa, Israel, July 16 (AHN) – As the violence in the Middle East escalates over the weekend, nine people have been killed and seven wounded in the Israeli city of Haifa, in a Hezbolla rocket attack.

Reports indicate more than 70 rockets were fired into Israel by Hezbollah militants during the past 24 hours.

Hezbollah said the attack was in retaliation for Israel’s killing of civilians and destruction of Lebanese infrastructure.

"After the Zionist enemy exceeded all limits killing and destroying … the Islamic Resistance announces that it bombarded the city of Haifa with dozens of Raad 2 and Raad 3 rockets at 9 a.m. local time," Hezbollah said in a statement, according to The Age.

According to Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Hezbollah’s actions would have "far-reaching" consequences for Lebanon.

Olmert warned there would be "far-reaching consequences" for the attack, the second on the northern city of Haifa in four days, reports the Associated Press.

Meanwhile, the Lebanese Prime Minister, Fouad Siniora, has condemned Israel for launching what he called an unjust and illegal war on his country.

Israeli jets have blasted south of the Lebanese capital Beruit, including Hezbollah’s al-Manar TV and a power station.

Over 100 Lebanese citizens have been killed in five days of Israeli air strikes so far.

There has been a mass exodus in the cities affected by the air strikes, as both foreigners and citizens have been leaving Lebanon across the border to Syria to escape the ongoing violence.