Photo: courtesy of Amakim District Police
Long-range rocket
Photo: courtesy of Amakim District Police
Photo: Omri Eilat
Kibbutz Sa'ar hit by rocket
Photo: Omri Eilat

210 rockets hit north Wednesday

Following week of relative calm in Haifa, surrounding areas, rockets land in open areas. Earlier, long-range rocket located in Afula area. More than 210 rockets fired at northern communities since Wednesday morning; man killed, dozens injured

New record. More than 210 rockets were fired at northern Israel by Wednesday evening. A 52-year-old man, resident of Kibbutz Sa'ar near Nahariya, was killed after being hit by a rocket while riding his bicycle in the kibbutz. Dozens of people were hurt in northern communities.


Following a week in which no rockets landed in Haifa and the surrounding areas, rocket fire was resumed Wednesday afternoon. Several rockets landed in open areas near Haifa. There were no reports of injuries or damage.


Israel Defense Forces officials reported that the Israel Air Force destroyed the launcher the fired the rockets at the areas near Haifa, north of the city of Tyre. Another five rockets landed in the Ma'alot area and six landed in open areas in Nahriya.


The rocket fire continued also in the evening hours. Three rockets landed in Nahariya, lightly injuring two people.


Earlier, a Katyusha barrage was fired at open areas near an Israeli community on the northern border. In this case as well there were no reports of injuries or damage. Sirens were heard shortly after 5 p.m. also in the Western Galilee and Lower Galilee.


A long-range rocket landed in the Jezreel Valley on Wednesday afternoon, not far from Afula. There were no reports of injuries or damage.


Earlier, the police identified part of the motor from a rocket that was launched at Israel and landed in the West Bank, not far from Jenin.



On Wednesday afternoon, pictures were published of the rocket, a Syrian-manufactured one of the same type as landed in the Afula area. On Friday, rockets fire hit the Afula area.

Parts of rocket located in north (Photo: Police)


Hizbullah claimed to have fired Khaibar-1 rockets at the Afula area. More than 200 rockets were fired at Israel since Wednesday morning.  


The rockets of the type Hizbullah fires at Afula, and of the type that landed near Jenin, are produced by the Syrians based on the Fajr-5. Its range is improved from 75 kilometers (46.2 miles) to 100 kilometers (62.1 miles). The missile contains 80 kilograms (176 pounds) of explosive material.


Amakim District Police Chief Commander Yaakov Zigdon, told Ynet: "This is the same missile that landed Friday in the Afula area. All stations in the area are prepared for every scenario. We are aware that Hizbullah has such capabilities and we do not doubt that, in the end, they will use them."


Ahiya Raved and Efrat Weiss contributed to the report


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