Three killed in Haifa rocket attacks

Local residents scrambling to pull people from the rubble of a building hit by a rocket in Haifa on Sunday evening. (Channel 2)

A security official trying to extract people from the ruins of a building after a rocket strike in Haifa on Sunday evening. (Daniel Bar-On / BauBau)

Three people were killed and some 40 others were wounded in Haifa on Sunday evening in what was described as the heaviest rocket strike on Israel's third largest city since the attacks began on July 12. Some 22 rockets fell during the volley.

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In Haifa, five people were pulled from the rubble after a building collapsed in a strike on a residential neighborhood. One of those rescued was seriously hurt, and the rest sustained moderate injuries.

A police commander told Israel Radio that a rocket slammed into two adjacent houses, causing them to partially collapse.

One rocket fell between two buildings in a residential area on Mount Carmel, near the landmark Bahai Temple and several major tourist hotels, wounding six people and knocking down electrical lines. Glass littered the road, and a score of cars were damaged.

"Hundreds of people started running in all directions when they heard the siren. No one knew where to run because there were no shelters," said a local resident.

"After the explosion we saw an elderly man who had been seriously hurt and we tried to help him. One of the neighbors was also laying there seriously hurt, and needed oxygen, but there wasn't any because it took a long time for the ambulances to arrive."

"The rocket set fire to one of my balconies," said another local. "I went downstairs, and it was just catastrophic. You didn't know what to do."

The head of the Magen David Adom rescue service said that people were wounded in at least three locations in Haifa.
{josquote}One rocket fell between two buildings in a residential area on Mount Carmel, near the landmark Bahai Temple and several major tourist hotels, wounding six people and knocking down electrical lines. Glass littered the road, and a score of cars were damaged.{/josquote}
A spokesman for the Haifa fire department, Chezi Levi, said one crowded residential district suffered five or six hits.

"I heard a huge boom and all the windows in my apartment were shattered. It's the first time it happened in this area of the city but I knew anything is possible," said Yossef Yikutieli, 78, who lives across the street from the worst hit buildings.

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