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Katyusha Hits Galilee Village; Israeli Arabs Implicated in Violence

March 7, 1988
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Five members of a family were injured Saturday night, when a Katyusha rocket fired from Lebanon struck their house in a village in Galilee, apparently demolishing it.

Four, injured only slightly, were released from a Nahariya hospital Sunday after receiving first aid. The fifth was hospitalized for treatment of a leg injury suffered when the house collapsed on him.

The 122mm rocket, fired from outside the southern Lebanon security zone, appeared to have scored a direct hit. Israeli military authorities would not divulge the name of the village.

Meanwhile, scattered incidents of unrest and anti-Israel behavior were reported from Arab populated areas inside Israel over the weekend. Assessments by police and local civilian officials differed over the seriousness of the incidents and whether they were linked to the Palestinian nationalist fervor that has inflamed the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Four Jewish families were assaulted by three Arabs while driving to Mount Tabor in Galilee. The assailants, who tried to force their car off the narrow mountain road, were described as drunken youths. Police claimed the incident was sheer hooliganism without political motivation.

Also during the weekend, a Molotov cocktail was thrown at a taxi in Nazareth and a Palestinian flag was raised in Bartaa village, near Hadera.

Police have arrested 10 Israeli Arabs on suspicion of anti-Israel acts. Six are from Umm el-Fahm and Jatt village, the scenes of violent incidents during the Nov. 21 Arab general strike in solidarity with Palestinians in the territories.

Four, from Nazareth, were arrested on suspicion of throwing five Molotov cocktails at Israeli vehicles during the past week.

Haifa police commander Yaacov Haviv stressed Sunday that “a relative calm” was maintained in the northern area, despite certain nationalist acts.

Yehoshua Sinai, a spokesman for the police northern command, said most of the recent incidents were the acts of a few individuals. He said nationalistic motivations were not behind every incident between Jews and Arabs.

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