Daily Israel Report

Ninety Missiles Over Sabbath, IAF Bombs Syria-Lebanon Border

Hizbullah fired more than 90 missiles at Israel's northern towns and cities over the Sabbath. The IDF Struck closer to Syria than ever before.
By Ezra HaLevi
First Publish: 7/29/2006, 9:42 PM / Last Update: 7/29/2006, 11:03 PM

Hizbullah fired more than 90 missiles at Israel's northern towns and cities over the Sabbath. The IDF Struck closer to Syria than ever before.

Katyusha missiles struck Carmiel, Acco, Nahariya, Ma'alot, Kiryat Shmona, Tiberias, Rosh Pina and Tzfat as Hizbullah vows to hit further south.

Three people were injured lightly in Maalot and one person was lightly injured in Nahariya. One rocket struck a medical facility in Acco and a factory was severely damaged in Tiberias.

Following the striking of Afula Friday with five longer-range missiles, Hizbullah chief Hassan Nasrallah said Saturday, "The bombardment of Afula is just the beginning. Many cities in the center of the country will be attacked if the barbaric aggression against us continues. When in any Arab-Israeli conflict were two million Israelis forced to flee or enter bomb shelters?”

Nasrallah also called Israel a “temporary country,” adding, “[Vice Prime Minister Shimon] Peres said, ‘This is a life or death war for Israel,’ and he is right because he knows that if the resistance will come out triumphant this time, the Zionist entity will not have a future. When the (Israeli) nation will begin to lose faith in its army, it will mark the beginning of the end for this entity.”

Nasrallah boasted that Hizbullah could not be defeated and attributed US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's repeat visit to Israel as a bid to end the war through pressuring Lebanon. He also denied that Iran and Syria were providing aid to Hizbullah.

Israel Bombs Near Syrian Border
Despite a specific threat by Syria to stay away from its border, Israel bombed Hizbullah targets less than a mile from the Syria-Lebanon border Saturday. The road between the two countries' immigration offices was struck as well.

On the southern front, the IDF began extensive searches for terrorist tunnels near the Erez Crossing to northern Gaza Saturday. Another tunnel near Rafiah was discovered and destroyed in the morning. A similar tunnel was used in the attack at Kerem Shalom that resulted in the capture of Cpl. Gilad Shalit and the killing of two other soldiers.

Click here for photos of IDF soldiers in northern Israel praying before battle. (Page 2, Page 3)