Day 31: Hizbullah fired a Khaibar-1 rocket at Haifa on Friday, police confirmed. The explosion of the 302 mm rocket echoed as far south as Hadera, residents said.
A barrage of several long-range Katyusha rockets landed in the city on Friday, with one of the rocket slamming in the midst of the coastal highway, which was reopened in the afternoon.
In Kiryat Shmona, a man was moderately injured by shrapnel from a rocket that hit a building Friday afternoon, paramedics said.
Several people were treated for shock and firefighters battled a fire that broke out in the 11-storey building.
Earlier Friday afternoon, rockets were launched at Kiryat Shmona, one hitting a structure and also causing a subsequent fire. Two additional barrages landed on nearby communities, one of them hitting a dairy, killing and wounding several cows. According to regional authorities, attacks thus far have caused the deaths of over fifty cows.
Hizbullah launched more barrages at northern Israel communities Friday afternoon. MDA crews treated one person, injured from shrapnel, as a result of a direct rocket hit on a Safed home at 2:15 p.m.
Meanwhile, a fire broke out in a meadow, adjacent to a northern Galilee town, as a result of rocket hits. Large fire crews are working to contain the blaze, which presents a significant danger if it spreads because flames would move in the direction of a nearby artillery battery.
A barrage of five rockets landed in the northern Golan Heights. The rockets landed in open areas and did not result no damages or casualties. A spokesperson for firefighters in the northern Galilee and Golan, Yair Elkaim, said "We're dealing with a number of fires in Kiryat Shmona and nearby towns. In one of the cases, the fire broke out in a meadow and is endangering a nearby community and an IDF artillery battery stationed in the area. There are currently four uncontained fires in the area."
Earlier, Two people were lightly injured by shrapnel and more than 12 suffered shock following three rocket barrages on Haifa. The rockets had a diameter of 220 millimeter which landed in Haifa between the hours of 10 and 10:30 Friday morning. In total 16 rockets landed on the city, five of them landing in populated areas and causing damage. A fire has broken out in Haifa's outskirts due to the rockets.
A little later, rockets struck three homes in the Krayot area. One rocket in an area near the shelter; there are a number of shock victims at the scene.
Rockets in Krayot (Photo: Gilad Har-Sheleg)
Four rockets landed Friday in the Nahariya area, one of them directly striking a home. There were no injuries but damage was sustained to the area.
Air raid sirens have been heard in Zichron Yaakov, Binyamina, and surrounding areas. Sirens have also been heard in the Jizreel Valley region.
One Nahariya resident, Itzik Rokah, told Ynet about the problem of the alert system: "We here are helpless. We got used to sirens and now in the past half hour we are hearing rocket landings without sirens. We turned to the Home Front command, to the municipality, and the police, where they are telling us they don't know about rocket landings and that they don't know about a problem with the siren system."
|Rocket attack on Nahariya (Video: Itzik Rokah)|
Rockets also landed in the Nahariya area, without causing injuries, after cities were heard in the northern cities, Krayot, and the Western Galilee. Earlier, three rockets landed in the Shlomi area without causing injuries.
Earlier, an air raid siren was heard shortly after 7:00 on Friday morning across the western Galilee, and two rockets fired by Hizbullah landed in the Nahariya area and in Akko. There were no injuries and damage was caused.
Raanan Ben Tsur contributed to this report