TEL AVIV (Apr. 22)
As all parties to the Middle East peace talks agreed to return to the negotiating table, violence increased along the Lebanese border with a series of Katyusha rocket salvos raining down on the border area and the Galilee panhandle.
There were no deaths in Israel, as residents of the area spent Wednesday night in shelters and reinforced blastproof rooms.
But a 67-year-old woman was lightly wounded by flying glass and a 17-year-old girl treated for shock.
And damage was reported to buildings, crops and electrical and water installations.
The northern Israel residents who took to their shelters were following an alert issued by the security authorities at nightfall, after the first Katyushas landed during daylight hours.
The rockets were answered by heavy bombardments of Hezbollah and other terrorist bases north of Israel’s security zone by Israel Defense Force and South Lebanon Army gunners.
The IDF response included a missile attack by assault helicopters.
Two Lebanese civilians were reported killed in the attack and nine wounded.