JERUSALEM, (Reuters) – Hezbollah fired scores of rockets into Israel on Friday, including two that the Lebanese guerrilla group said were new long-range missiles, in a barrage that wounded at least six people, police said.
The longer-range rockets landed in an open area near the town of Afula, which is some 50 km (33 miles) from the Lebanese border. It matched the furthest distance that Hezbollah rockets have landed inside Israel since the conflict began on July 12.
Hezbollah said it had fired a “Khaibar 1” rocket at Afula, apparently a new type of armament. Israeli media reported one of the rockets carried 100 kg (220 lbs) of explosives in its warhead. The remains were taken away for investigation.
Israeli security sources confirmed that it appeared a new type of rocket had been fired at the country, but provided no further details.
Hezbollah is believed to have been supplied with armaments by Iran and Syria. It has said it has about 13,000 rockets in its arsenal, with ranges of up to 100 km (60 miles).
At least 90 rockets were fired into Israel on Friday, police said, with at least six towns in the north struck.
A local ambulance station was hit by one of the rockets in the town of Safed but no injuries were caused, the Magen David Adom ambulance service said.
The towns of Kiryat Shemona, Nahariya, Rosh Pina and Karmiel were also hit.
Hezbollah has fired more than 1,500 rockets into Israel since the conflict erupted following a cross-border raid into Israel by the Shi’ite militia.
Israel’s offensive against Hezbollah has killed 458 people in Lebanon, mostly civilians. A total of 51 Israelis have died, including 18 civilians.
Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has vowed to take the war deeper into Israel, suggesting there could be strikes south of the city of Haifa. Such use of longer-range missiles would likely trigger massive Israeli retaliation.