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Day 2 in Haifa

A couple looks at the bay of Haifa from a promenade Friday, July 14, 2006. Residents of Israel's third largest city always suspected Lebanon's Hezbollah guerrillas would one day target their seaside town. But they were still surprised when the rockets hit the town Thursday.
(AP Photo/Baz Ratner)

JERUSALEM People in and around Israel's third-biggest city are taking cover.

The Israeli army is offering no explanation for ordering residents in and around Haifa (HY'-fuh) to move to their bomb shelters. In an escalation of attacks on both sides of the Lebanese border, at least one rocket fell yesterday on the big port city. No one was reported hurt in that strike, although at least three Israeli citizens have died in other Hezbollah (hez-BUH'-lah) guerrilla fire from Lebanon. Until now, Haifa residents had been free to move around the city streets. The army says residents are now retreating either to community bomb shelters or bombproof rooms in their homes.
Haifa residents ordered into bomb shelters (AP/KVOA News 4, Tucson)

 


 

HAIFA, Israel — Shops were open, streets bustled with traffic and restaurants were packed with customers Friday in this seaside town just 25 miles south of the Lebanese border.

Still, there were signs life here had changed: Radios and televisions blared frantic newscasts, some supermarkets ran short of canned goods and residents talked openly of war.
Threat of rockets puts Haifa on edge (AP/chron.com)

 


 

All residents of Haifa, the Krayot region, Tirat Hacarmel and Acre were instructed to stay inside their homes and to remain near large buildings if they must venture outside Friday.
IDF orders Karmiel businesses to close over weekend Jerusalem Post

Day 3 in Haifa

Patriot batteries in Haifa (Photo: Hagai Aharon) - Ynetnews

IDF deploys anti-ballistic missiles in town for fear Hizbullah may step up strikes against Israel

The IDF has stationed three Patriot anti-ballistic missile batteries in Haifa Saturday, aimed at intercepting missiles launched at the area. Two of the batteries were deployed Saturday morning, and the third one was placed in the area in the afternoon.
3 Patriot batteries stationed in Haifa - Hanan Greenberg, Ynetnews

 


 

A Katyusha warning system will be placed in southern Haifa on Sunday, Home Front Commander Yitzhak Gershon said on Saturday night.

The system will sound the alarm a minute before the rockets hit the ground in order for residents to seek shelter.

Residents who had previously been asked not to leave their houses are requested to stay in the vicinity of shelters despite the activation of the warning system.

In addition, they are requested to not go to work on Sunday, unless they are employed by businesses providing essential services to citizens.
IDF to activate Katyusha warning system in Haifa - The Jerusalem Post

 


 

Israel's war with Hizbullah intensified over the weekend as Katyusha rockets rained down on northern Israel, prompting the IDF to deploy Patriot missile batteries outside Haifa and Defense Minister Amir Peretz to declare martial law throughout the North.
Martial law declared in the North - The Jerusalem Post

Day 5 in Haifa

The Haifa building that collapsed Monday following a direct hit by a Katyusha rocket. (Channel 2 TV)
The building that was hit in Haifa on Monday Photo: Channel 10

At least 10 rockets fired from Lebanon on Monday targeted the northern port city of Haifa.

Eleven people were wounded Monday afternoon when a building in the Bat Galim neighborhood of Haifa collapsed after a direct hit from a Katyusha rocket fired by Hezbollah guerillas in Lebanon.

One person sustained serious wounds, one person sustained moderate wounds, and the rest were lightly hurt. Magen David Adom rescue personnel set up a field hospital next to the remains of the three-story building. The wounded were lated evacuated.

The rocket tore the front off the building, crushing cars underneath.

Medics said an initial inspection indicated no one was trapped under debris.

Israel closed its port in Haifa on Monday in the wake of the rocket attacks, the Transportation Ministry said. The port is one of the country's key shipment points.
Series of rockets strike towns across the north - Hanan Greenberg, Ynetnews

 


 

Earlier on Monday, a barrage of rockets fired hit the Haifa region.

One of the rockets hit an apartment building in the city causing severe damage to the top two floors. 11 people were wounded and evacuated to Rambam Hospital. Two were in moderate-to-serious condition, four in light condition and five were suffering from shock.

Haifa Police spokesman Nir Meyer told The Jerusalem Post that a total of three barrages hit the city, the third hitting the apartment building.

Two of the rockets landed before the city's warning siren was sounded.
Rocket strikes Safed building, house near Kiryat Shmona - The Jerusalem Post

 


 

Israel's war with Hizbullah intensified over the weekend as Katyusha rockets rained down on northern Israel, prompting the IDF to deploy Patriot missile batteries outside Haifa and Defense Minister Amir Peretz to declare martial law throughout the North.
Martial law declared in the North - The Jerusalem Post

Back home in Iran



Azadeh Perry of Carrboro (third from left), stands with her nieces, Rahil, Maaman and Martha. The three young women were tutoring children in Iran when they and some 70 other members of the Baha'i faith were arrested by Iranian police in May.
Contributed photo

When the phone in Azadeh Perry's Carrboro home rang on the evening of May 20, one of her worst fears was confirmed. Authorities in her home country of Iran had arrested about 70 people in their teens and 20s. Among those picked up were three of her nieces, who were tutoring children as part of a community service project.

Azadeh and her husband, Mark, immediately knew the young people had been arrested because they are Baha'is, members of the largest religious minority in Iran with a long history of persecution there.

The nieces -- Rahil, 18, Martha, 17, and Maaman, 21 -- had been teaching English, math and science to disadvantaged kids. They had documents signed by local officials saying as much. But the Iranian government seized the tutors.

"These are exemplary women," Mark said of the three imprisoned young women. "Their purity, good nature and character make them stand out."

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Religion Today

Thursday, June 22, 2006; 12:05 PM

CAIRO, Egypt -- Tucked away in Labib Iskandar's pocket is a neatly folded slip of paper with fraying edges that tells the story of a community fighting for recognition. It's a receipt Iskandar got when he applied for the computer-based identification card Egypt had just then begun issuing—more than five years ago.

Iskandar is a Bahai, a member of a religious community that regards a 19th-century Persian nobleman, Baha'u'llah, as a prophet—a challenge to the Muslim belief that Muhammad is the last prophet. Given the pivotal role of Islam in Egyptian life, the government will not issue an ID card to a Bahai, but only to Muslims, Christians or Jews.

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