Hizbullah launched an unprecedented number of rockets at northern Israel Sunday, just one day before the ceasefire agreement is expected to go into effect.
The terror group fired 250 rockets at northern communities by the late afternoon hours, injuring some 80 people.
Scene of rocket attack on Haifa (Photo: Ido Becker)
At around noon a lethal rocket barrage landed in Moshav Yaara near the town of Shlomi in the north; 83-year-old Madi Hiat was killed by a direct hit on his home. An hour later two people were seriously injured as rockets struck the Krayot area; a public building suffered a direct hit.
At 6:30 p.m. Hizbullah began launching rockets at Haifa, and smoke was seen billowing from a neighborhood in the Carmel mountain range; seven fire trucks dispatched to the scene were hit and set ablaze.
Among the rockets that struck Haifa were three Syrian-made 302 mm Khaibar-1 rockets; 2 more Khaibar-1 rockets hit areas in the northern valleys.
Kiryat Shmona marked the landing of the 1,000th rocket on the town since the fighting in the north erupted. Sirens were also heard south of Haifa in Zichron Yaacov and Binyamina.
Northern District Police Chief Dan Ronen told Ynet that “clearly the hours leading up to the ceasefire, if in fact it will go into effect, are dangerous; just as the IDF decided to act during these hours, the other side wants the same, and this is exactly what it is doing.
“I call on the residents in the north to remain cautious,” he said.