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Bajan mother in Israel

We have heard it said that you will find a Barbadian anywhere in the world.

Well, strife-torn Israel is no exception, as it exchanges rockets and bombs with nearby Lebanon.

Barbadian mother, Jennifer Marshall, is a Bahai missionary working for the past three years in Haifa, Israel.

In fact, Ms Marshall told CBC News the first Hezbollah attack on Haifa saw a rocket landing not far from where she lives.

Ms Marshall says she feels safe, but recalled one recent scare on her way from work at the Bahai world headquarters.

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Day 6 in Haifa

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Rocket hits Baha'i gardens

Baquia's latest blog entry at Baha'i Rants quotes news reports that a rocket has hit the Baha'i gardens in Haifa [or perhaps Bahji?] These are the two reports Baquia qoutes:
Hezbollah targets included Acre, the ancient Crusader city of Richard the Lion Heart and home to Arabs and Jews alike. One rocket landed in the holy gardens of the Bahai Temple. There were no casualties.
Daily Express
In fact, the seemingly indiscriminate Hezbollah rocket attacks have targeted both Jewish and Arab towns throughout northern Israel, including Acre, the ancient Crusader city of Richard the Lionheart and home to Arabs and Jews alike. One rocket hit the holy gardens of the Bahai Temple. There were no casualties.
San Francisco Chronicle

Israel and Lebanon War

"When a thought of war comes, oppose it by a stronger thought of peace. A thought of hatred must be destroyed by a more powerful thought of love. Thoughts of war bring destruction to all harmony, well-being, restfulness and content."



More rockets hit coastal cities from Nahariya to Haifa

Jerusalem Post - Another barrage of rockets hit the Haifa area on Sunday afternoon. Air raid sirens sounded immediately before the Katyushas hit. Nobody was wounded in the latest attack.

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