Tel Aviv (Mar. 3)
Palestinian terrorists fired two salvoes of Katyusha rockets into Western Galilee from Lebanon today but caused no casaulties or damage. The attacks were the second since yesterday when rockets injured three persons in the Israeli border township of Kiryat Shemona and damaged some buildings and power lines.
Gen. Avigdor Ben-Gal, commander of the northern front, visited the area of the shelling today seeking to calm local residents. He said they were exaggerating the situation when they described it as a “war of attrition.” According to Ben-Gal, “There is some tension but you should not call it a war of attrition as there has been in the past.” He said “the only thing to do is to carry on. There is no magic formula or cure for this sort of situation.”
The rocket attack yesterday began two hours after Israel Air Force jets carried out a preemptive raid on Palestinian terrorist targets northeast of Sidon on the Lebanese coast. The raids are part of Israel’s policy of preventing the terrorists from organizing incursions into Israeli territory by hitting them at will instead of in retaliation for specific attacks.
Meanwhile, residents of Kiryat Shemona were said to be more concerned over the high rate of unemployment in the town than with the rocket attacks.