(photo credit: Associated Press)
At least 160 rockets continued to rain down on northern Israel on Wednesday, with over 80 striking the region of Kiryat Shmona, causing no injuries but inflicting heavy damage.
One person was wounded and several were suffering from shock after a rocket barrage hit Safed on Wednesday afternoon.
Northern residents were being instructed to remain in sheltered areas.
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Just a few hours earlier, four long-range rockets - apparently of the Khaibar 1 variety - were fired toward the Beit Shean region, and more were fired towards the Gilboa area later in the day. Another one hit Haifa; it was apparently intended for Hadera, but it missed its mark.
The rockets landed between Afula and Beit Shean, and no one was wounded in the attack.
The IAF immediately destroyed the launchers used to fire the rockets, near Tyre.
A barrage of rockets hit Kiryat Shmona on Wednesday afternoon. As a result, fires broke out near the town, and in the Galilee panhandle.
A number of missiles also landed in the Haifa and Acre areas.
Sirens continued to sound in Tiberias, Zichron Ya'akov, Binyamina, Acre and Haifa's suburbs.
Five long-range Hizbullah rockets landed in the West Bank as well. No one was wounded in the attack.
Security officials were waiting for IDF authorization in order to go into Area A to conduct searches.
Clouds of smoke from the rockets could be seen 20 kilometers away in the town of Jenin, witnesses said.