Reporters on the Job

A Conflict Hits Home: When he returned from reporting Wednesday, correspondent Josh Mitnick found that a Katyusha rocket, launched by Hizbullah forces in Lebanon, had hit about a quarter-mile from the home he was staying at in the town of Kiryat Tivon, Israel.

"I wasn't here at the time, but as I returned I found smoke rising above the small hills in which this suburb is nestled. It set off a big brush fire. Planes flew overhead with water to douse the fire, and police helicopters also hovered. People came to the scene as well – the people I'm staying with went to offer help."

As it turned out, not much help was needed. But it made something of an impression. The city of Nazareth, which is nearby, was also hit by a Katyusha that killed three people.

"People here were reminded that the outcome could have been worse," says Josh. "The rocket didn't land near any buildings where people were. So people took it in stride."

Amelia Newcomb
Deputy world editor

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