Ten Israelis were killed and four others were seriously wounded in the single worst Hizballah rocket attack since fighting began about a month ago.
“This is one of the most severe incidents since the onset of the fighting in Lebanon; there are many casualties at the scene,” said Galilee Police Commander Danny Hadad.
About 30 rockets were fired by noon on Sunday, landing in Kibbutz Kfar Giladi near Kiryat Shmona. Palestinians in Nablus celebrated in the streets following the lethal attack. Despite the Israeli army’s intensive operations in southern Lebanon, Hizballah has fired almost 200 rockets a day at Israel.
The Sunday attacks follow an intense weekend of bombardment: A total of 300 Katyusha rockets and other missiles hit the north of Israel, killing six civilians and wounding several more.
Friday night had also marked the first ever missiles launched to the city of Hadera, a distance of about 85 kilometers from the Lebanese border. This is the southernmost point the Hizballah missiles have hit so far in this campaign. The missiles, dubbed “Khaibar I” by the Hizballah hold a warhead of about 100 kilos of explosives and metal balls intended to inflict maximum damage.
In response to the long range launch towards Hadera Friday night, an Israeli Navy SEAL team raided an apartment building north of the city of Tyre on the Lebanese coast, killing Hizballah terrorists who were also responsible for launching those missiles.
The population was not the only one hard hit this weekend. In intense fighting in villages in the south of Lebanon, five IDF soldiers were killed and 30 were wounded, several critically, in clashes with the Hizballah. One of the soldiers killed, Captain Dr. Igor Rothstein, a military doctor and orthopedist at Poriah Hospital in Tiberias, is the first reservist to be killed in the war.