The northern Israeli town of Beisan has been counting the cost of Monday's (1st June) rocket attack on it by Arab guerrillas.
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Background: The northern Israeli town of Beisan has been counting the cost of Monday's (1st June) rocket attack on it by Arab guerrillas.
The guerrilla rockets...Russian-made Katyushas...smashed into central Beisan, which has a population of 12 thousand, killing a schoolgirl and wounding eight others. Fragments of the missiles hit a group of children in a courtyard before morning school. Fire broke out in one of the local schools, and several apartment houses and a garage suffered severe damage as well.
Residents of Beisan believe the Arab guerrillas fired six rockets from Jordanian territory...four exploded in the town, and the others outside the residential areas where they did no harm. On Wednesday (3 June) however more children died when further attacks were launched against the town in some of the fiercest fighting in three years.
Beisan, the scene of frequent actions, is one of Israel's most ancient sites. It was to the walls of this town that King Saul and his son Jonathan were nailed by the Philistines, inspiring King David's famous lament. Monday's attack on this Biblical town came less than a fortnight after eight children and four adults perished in a guerrilla ambush on a school bus in Upper Galilee.
The Israeli Government has offered Beisan residents financial aid to build shelters, and has promised quick retaliatory raids on the Arabs.