Blazes ignited by rockets scorch Kiryat Shmona, other northern towns

Authorities say they are dealing with several fires that broke out in and around Kiryat Shmona after the city was targeted in a rocket attack from Lebanon.

The military says a barrage of some 25 rockets was launched from Lebanon at the northern city a short while ago.

According to the IDF, some of the rockets were intercepted.

A police statement says several pieces of shrapnel impacted around Kiryat Shmona, causing material damage, but no injuries. It says there are several fires in the city.

The Magen David Adom ambulance service says it is scanning impact sites for possible injuries.

The Fire and Rescue Service says 15 crews are battling blazes in Kiryat Shmona, Kfar Yuval, Beit Hillel, Malkiyeh, Dishon, Tzivon, and Meron.

Upper Galilee fire chief Eli Mor says in a statement that some fires are contained and efforts are concentrating on keeping the blazes from reaching built up areas. He says crews from other parts of the country are among those called in to fight the fire.

“For more than six hours ,we’ve been fighting fires in the wake of [rocket] impacts and under the constant threat of bombardment,” he says.

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