Israeli Defence Minister Amir Peretz has promised that his country’s military actions in Lebanon will continue until, he said, “reality changes.” He was speaking on a visit to the northern Israeli city of Nahariya. People there have suddenly found themselves on the front lines of battle.
Citizens in the northern part of the country have been told to stay indoors and to go to bomb shelters where they can find them. At least 24 Israelis have been killed in the fighting, including 12 civilians. In Haifa railway maintenance depot, the scene is still one of devastation after Sunday’s rocket attack by Hezbollah that killed eight people. People in Israel’s third largest city awoke to air raid sirens this morning. The alarms are supposed to give a one-minute warning before a rocket lands. None hit the city but at least one fell even further south.
Businesses in the north have been told to close, but some refuse to. One shopkeeper said: “Life goes on. We have to open although people are not coming. I hope they will come.” Between Haifa and the Lebanese border, tanks continued to patrol with no end to the unremitting violence in sight.