Hezbollah’s deadliest ever rocket strike on Israel has brought a threat of “far-reaching” consequences for Lebanon from Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. Eight people were killed when one of 20 rockets fired at the port city of Haifa crashed into a railway train depot. More than 400 rockets have hit Israel since the crisis began last Wednesday when Hezbollah abducted two Israeli soldiers and killed eight others leading to heavy Israeli bombing of Beirut and southern Lebanon.
Transport Minister Shaul Mofaz visited the rail depot site and accused Syria and Iran of supplying the rockets. He said “Hezbollah is al-Qaeda and (its leader) Nasrallah is bin Laden.” He added we have to fight them accordingly. Meanwhile, Israel has raised the alert level in Tel Aviv, 130 kilometres south of Lebanon. It said that is a precaution as Hezbollah probably does not have rockets with a range to reach the city. Israel says its assault on Lebanon could continue for weeks or months until Hezbollah’s ability to fire rockets into Israel is destroyed.