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Hizbollah rockets kill 2 in Haifa, wound 14

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HAIFA, Israel, July 23 (Reuters) A Hizbollah rocket barrage killed two people and wounded 14 others in the northern Israeli city of Haifa today, medics and the army said.

They said rockets hit a house, at least two apartments and also vehicles. It was not immediately clear where the fatalities occurred.

The barrage on Haifa was part of a fresh wave of rockets that slammed into northern Israel from Lebanon. Medics said people had been wounded in other towns but they had no details.

The Haaretz newspaper Web site said 10 rockets had hit Haifa, Israel's third largest city and a favoured target for the Lebanese guerrilla group. The army put the number at five.

Air raid sirens also sounded in the town of Zichron Yaakov, which lies 60 km south of the Lebanese border.

The army said it was checking if any rockets had hit Zichron Yaakov -- which would be the furthest the missiles had reached since the conflict began.

Haifa lies 35 km (20 miles) south of the border.

Hizbollah rocket attacks have now killed 17 Israeli civilians.

Twenty soldiers have also been killed.

Israel's 12-day-old onslaught in Lebanon to cripple Hizbollah has claimed 358 lives, mostly civilians.

REUTERS DKS VV1442

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