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Day After Rockets Strike Region, Vacationers Head to Israel’s Galilee

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Sea of Galilee, Israel. Photo: Wiki Commons.

Vacationers stuck by their plans to enjoy warm summer days by Northern Israel’s Sea of Galilee the day after a rocket attack from Lebanon struck the region, Israel’s Channel 2 reported.

Mayor Yehuda Shavit, head of the council for the Western Galilee, said that there were only two individual cancellations in the whole region, as most tourists followed through with their reservations.

Yesterday afternoon, sirens were heard throughout the Galilee, as four rockets were fired from Lebanon into Northern Israel, in the Nahariya area. One rocket was intercepted by the “Iron Dome” anti-rocket system, according to the Israeli government, while “two other rockets landed in populated areas causing damage, but no injuries.” Additionally, a few civilians suffering from shock were admitted to hospitals.

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One of the rockets exploded near a facility which houses some 50 Holocaust survivors. Zhenya, a Holocaust survivor who lives there, told Channel 2: “We all sat and ate dinner at four, and then made our way to the lobby. The manager suddenly began shouting, ‘Everyone to shelter, there’s been an alarm.’ And we got to the shelter and turned on the air conditioner and closed all the windows and doors, water and chairs were already there.”

Yisha Efroni, a security officer also interviewed by Channel 2, said of the rocket attack, “I reckon that this is an isolated incident which was aimed at diverting attention from what is happening in Syria with chemical weapons.”

“By us, everything proceeds according to the usual routine. I ran near the sea this morning and there were people there at Rosh Hanikra, the parks are full, no cancellations,” he said.

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