Tag Archive for Kiryat Shmona

Israel decided to evacuate Kiryat Shmona, Sderot in next military conflict

Israel’s PM and Defense Minister have accepted to initiate the IDF’s and the National Emergency Management Authority’s recommendation to evacuate Kiryat Shmona and/or Sderot residents, as well as nearby border town residents to protect them from rocket fire and the possibility of terrorist infiltration.

By Alex Fishman


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman have decided to completely evacuate Kiryat Shmona or Sderot in the case of a military conflict against Hezbollah in the north or Hamas in the south.

According to the evacuation plan, only residents whose job is vital for the continued operations of the city—such as municipality workers, police and rescue forces among others—would remain. Continue Reading »

Half-Dozen M-16s Stolen From Kibbutz Armory in Israel’s Upper Galilee


A Northern kibbutz near the town of Kiryat Shmona reported the theft of 6 assault rifles used for security, on Saturday night.



Unknown assailants stole six assault rifles from a northern Israeli kibbutz overnight Saturday.

Weapons Cache - Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP

Weapons Cache – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP

Police from the Northern District have set up a special investigative team to probe the break-in, and to retrieve the firearms before they can be used.

Police said that Kiryat Shmona received a call Saturday night of a break-in at Neot Mordechai.

They arrived at the kibbutz to find that the weapons depot had been broken into and that six M-16 assault rifles had been stolen.

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Students return after evacuation because of huge fire in Northern Israel

4 firefighting aircraft were called in to protect the homes & dormitories adjacent to Tel Hai academy and extinguish the wildfire that engulfed the hills surrounding Kiryat Shmona. 

By Ahiya Raved


A huge fire erupted Sunday afternoon near Kiryat Shmona, leading authorities to begin evacuations in the city’s Bimat Tel Hai neighborhood and the campus of the Tel Hai academy.

The blaze on the hills from Kiryat Shmona. – Photo: Zar Ohayoun

Seven firefighter teams were active at the scene from the upper-Galilee-Golan station and four firefighting aircraft operating out of the Carmiel station.

Heavy smoke led to the closure of Highway 9977 in the area. Continue Reading »

Israeli 11th grade students to compete in int’l science competition at MIT

High school students from Kiryat Shmona, working in the field of synthetic biology, will present their project at the iGEM competition this fall at MIT.

By Goel Beno


Twenty-three 11th grade students from the Darca Danciger high school in Kiryat Shmona will represent Israel at an international science competition in the US in September.

Students from the biotechnology program at the Darca Danciger high school presenting one of their developments – Photo: Efi Sharir


The 2015 iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine) competition, an annual contest founded by MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), has only recently been opened to high school students. Continue Reading »

5 Rockets fired at northern Israel, “double war crimes” under cover of Lebanese gov’t

One rocket exploded just west of Kiryat Shmona, though apparently 5 were launched.

Israeli PM Netanyahu: Hezbollah carried out a ‘double war crime under the cover of the Lebanese gov’t.’



At least five Katyusha rockets were fired from Lebanon at northern Israel on Sunday, one of which exploded inside of Israeli territory. No casualties or damage were reported.

Israeli soldiers examine a rocket fired from Lebanon, December 29, 2013

Israeli soldiers examine a rocket fired from Lebanon, December 29, 2013.

The military confirmed that a 122-mm rocket, apparently a Russian-made Katyusha, exploded in an open area west of the city. Continue Reading »

Two Rockets Hit Northern Israel; IDF Responds with Artillery Fire

Two Katyusha rockets fall just outside of Kiryat Shmona; no casualties reported.

IDF artillery unit fires rounds at Lebanese village identified as the source.

By Tova Dvorin


Two Katyusha rockets fell in Israel’s North Sunday.

Katyusha Rocket shot at Galilee (archive) – IsraelandStuff/PP

Katyusha Rocket shot at Galilee (archive) – IsraelandStuff/PP

The rocket fire was heard at about 7:00 am, near the city of Kiryat Shmona. Kiryat Shmona is close to the Lebanese border.

No casualties have been reported.

Local residents reported explosions and alerted security forces, who then combed the area to locate the points of impact and the launch site. Residents reported clouds of smoke billowing from the impact sites. Continue Reading »

Israel’s Northern Border Towns Getting ‘Ready’

With IAF jets flying overhead, Kiryat Shmona is carrying out maintenance of its bomb shelters, in case of unexpected escalation.

By Gil Ronen


Civilians in Israel’s northern communities are carrying on with their daily routines, but there is tension following the reported attack on a Syrian chemical weapons factory and ensuing threats from Iran and Syria.

As of Friday morning, the IDF has not instructed authority heads to take any special steps, but Kiryat Shmona, Israel’s northernmost city, has embarked on a project of cleaning and maintenance of its bomb shelters.

The Home Front Command noted Thursday that no special instructions have been issued, and there is no need to raise the level of alert. Continue Reading »