Israel to inform UN of Katyusha fire (JERUSALEM POST) By JPOST.COM STAFF 05/12/05)
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The Foreign Ministry directed Israel´s ambassador to the United
Nations to immediately issue a complaint to UN Secretary General
Kofi Annan, as well as to the head of the UN Security Council,
regarding the Katyusha rocket which was fired towards the Israeli
town Shlomi in the western Galilee.
Foreign Ministry officials said that the rocket attack proves the
urgent need that the Security Council´s directive to disarm all
militias in Lebanon be implemented.
The 107-millimeter Katyusha rocket hit the northern town around
midnight Wednesday while residents were celebrating Israel´s 57th
The rocket damaged a local bakery, however no injuries were
The IDF has boosted security along the northern border following the
The IDF has estimated that a Lebanese Palestinian organization is
responsible for the attack, and not the Hizbullah, reported Israel
The Israeli army said that the Lebanese government is responsible
for what occurs within its borders, and must fulfill obligations to
the UN and confiscate weapons from terrorist groups.
Commander of northern front Brig.-Gen. Gal Hirsch claimed the timing
of the attack was not coincidental, Israel Radio reported. It was
chosen carefully and intended to wound citizens celebrating
Independence Day celebrations, he said.
He added that Israel is ready for any escalations that could happen
in the north.
The IDF has promised to respond to the attack as necessary, though
officers estimate nothing will happen until after the holiday.
"The IDF reserves the right to respond to the attack, and will
deploy according to the developing situation," said the IDF
Northern Command decided, along with local authorities, to hold
Independence Day celebrations as planned. "Take your hiking stick,
take your backpack, and come to the north," said the commander.
The attack comes two days after the IDF mistakenly fired a tank
shell into southern Lebanon. There were no injuries in the earlier
It is uncertain if the two incidents are related. (© 1995-2005, The
Jerusalem Post 05/12/05)
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