Recent attention has focused primarily on the threat posed by the small rockets wielded by Hamas and Islamic Jihad. Those weapons, however, pale in comparison to what Hezbollah has deployed in Southern Lebanon. The Jerusalem Post is reporting that the Shi’ite terrorist group fired at least one such rocket into Israel on Tuesday night:
Four people were lightly wounded after a Kiryat Shmona home was hit by a Katyusha rocket fired by the Hizbullah late Tuesday evening.
Two impacts were reported in different locations in the city – one on Rehov Yehuda Halevi and one in the Vradim neighborhood in east Kiryat Shmona. Initial reports said that one of the impact sites was close to a high-tension wire, Israel Radio reported.
On the same street in 1974, terrorists stormed an apartment building and 18 people were killed, eight of whom were children, when PFLP terrorists detonated their explosives during a failed rescue attempt by Israeli security forces.
Kiryat Shmona residents have been advised to enter shelters.
Explosions were also reported in Moshav Shlomi in the western Galilee and in Nahariya. Security forces were checking whether the explosions in Shlomi were mortar shells or Katyushas.
For additional info on Hezbollah’s rocket arsenal, refer to my article on the subject, featured in the Winter 2006 edition of the Middle East Quarterly.