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Sunday, July 16, 2006

Home front warns all Israelis from Tel Aviv northwards to be vigilant

After eight people (yes, thank God the number was revised downwards) were killed in a Katyusha attack on Haifa this morning, the IDF home front command has advised all Israelis from Tel Aviv northwards to remain vigilant and alert for possible rocket attacks coming from Lebanon.

If rockets were to start falling in the area, sirens would be sounded and residents would be instructed to enter secure rooms, bomb shelters, or if neither were available, to lie flat on the ground. For those of you who are old enough to remember the Cold War, remember the famous poster about what to do in case of a nuclear attack? "Bend over, put your head between your legs and...." This reminds me of that poster....

A second round of rockets hit Haifa and Nahariya during the course of the morning, and the IDF is now confirimg that some of the rockets being fired are more advanced Fajar rockets, and not Katyushas. As some of you may recall, the Fajr-3 has a range of 45 kilometers, but Hezbullah has longer-range rockets too, some of which can reach Tel Aviv. (That last link is highly recommended, as I'm sure many of you are confused as to what Hezbullah's capabilities really are, and the article linked was written two months ago, before any of this happened).


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