Created: Tuesday, 18 July 2006 06:01
Published: Tuesday, 18 July 2006 05:00
Petrochemical Industries in Haifa.
Photo: Ariel Jerozolimski
Haifa braces for strategic attacks
A state of emergency was declared Sunday at the Haifa industrial zone after Katyusha rockets landed nearby, killing eight people and injuring at least 20 others. The continued rocket attacks on Haifa have raised fears that a real danger exists to strategic installations in the industrial zone, including an oil refinery.
Residents of Haifa go underground, abandon beaches and cafes
The handful of people at the beach may have been the most daring in Haifa on Monday, where streets, cafes and stores were empty or closed, preparing to absorb volleys of Hezbollah rockets.
The deadly barrage that hit Israel's third-largest city Sunday and killed eight people turned this usually vibrant city along Israel's northern coast into a virtual ghost-town as people stayed indoors.
Haifa empties to sound of sirens
HAIFA, ISRAEL -- The day dawned not with alarm clocks and cheerful radio announcers, but with the wail of a siren, pushing residents in their pyjamas and slippers into bomb shelters and safe rooms and away from the threat of rockets and shrapnel.
And so began another day of tense waiting for the 250,000 residents of Israel's third-largest city, known equally for its diverse population and beautiful beaches. One day after a Hezbollah rocket attack that killed eight railway technicians and injured at least 17 of their colleagues, the streets here were largely empty, the beaches deserted and even the stunning Baha'i Gardens religious shrine, normally full of tourists on a midsummer day, stood quiet and still.
Rockets strike Haifa train depot for second time
The train depot in Haifa where eight people were killed in a rocket strike Sunday was hit for a second time Tuesday afternoon, as fresh barrages of Katyusha rockets fired by Hezbollah guerillas in Lebanon struck the northern towns of Haifa and Safed.