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Hezbollah: Terrorist Attacks Against Israel

(2000 - 2006)

14 Aug 2006 - The United Nations recently brokered a cease-fire that went into effect at 8 a.m. The UN cease-fire resolution specifically demands the demilitarization of the area south of the Litani river. According to Ha'aretz: “Since July 12, Hezbollah fired 3,790 rockets across the border into Israel. Of these, 901 landed in communities, and 42 civilians were killed as a result. The Health Ministry said 4,262 civilians were treated in hospitals for injuries. Of these, 33 were seriously wounded, 68 moderately, and 1,388 lightly.Another 2,773 civilians were treated for shock.”

13 Aug 2006 - Throughout the day, more than 230 rockets slammed into northern Israel, killing one injuring as many as 75 people. An elderly Christian man was killed when a rocket struck his home in the town of Shlomi. Rockets landed also landed in Kiryat Shmona, Haifa, Ma'alot and Safed.

12 Aug 2006 - Following a relatively quiet morning, Hezbollah fired at least 68 rockets at northern Israel. Rockets landed in Krayot, Acco, and Carmiel. Six people were injured from flying shrapnel, and several other suffered shock. Later in the afternoon, a rocket directly hit a house in Safed, wounding two and causing shock in three others.

11 Aug 2006 - Hezbollah renewed its rocket attacks on the North, with multiple hitting Safed, Nahariya, Acco, Kiryat Shmona, Haifa, and Krayot. At least 16 rockets fell in Haifa alone. Fires broke out in the Galilee, while a massive fire squad attempted to extinguish them before they spread in the direction of a nearby artillery battery. A barrage of rockets hit two smaller communities near Kiryat Shmona, killing and wounding several cows; at least 50 cows have been killed from the rocket attacks so far.

10 Aug 2006 - A Hezbollah rocket scored a direct hit on a house in Dir el-Asad, a village near Carmiel, killing a Mariam Assadi, 26, and her five-year-old son Fathi Assadi. Rockets also landed in Haifa, Nahariya, Safed, Acco, and the Golan Heights. Over 165 rockets hit Israel throughout the day. There was also heavy fighting between the IDF and Hezbollah, which killed Israeli soldier and wounded at least 16 other. The day before, 15 reserve soldiers were killed and 34 others were injured in different incidents across southern Lebanon.

9 Aug 2006 - Hezbollah shot a 302-mm Khaibar 1 rocket toward Hadera, but the missile landed in Haifa. At least four long-range rockets were fired at the Beit Shean Valley region, but no injuries have been reported thus far. Rockets aimed at Afula landed in a Palestinian village in the West Bank near Jenin. One person was treated for shock after a rocket barrage on Safed. As a result of the rockets, fires have broken out all across the north, destroying hundreds of acres of land. Yesterday, Israel’s death toll since fighting began on July 12 reached 100 people.

8 Aug 2006 - Rockets scored direct hits on houses and buildings in Safed, Metulla, and Kiryat Shmona. Magen David Adom treated 14 people for shock, and two others for moderate and light injuries. Several rockets struck Ma'alot and Acco as well, bringing the day’s total rocket attacks to 160. Since fighting broke out 28 days ago, 3,050 have landed inside Israel, with 750 of those landing on Israeli cities.

7 Aug 2006 - At least 160 rockets have fallen in Israel today, with at least 50 hitting in the Kiryat Shmona area. Rockets also landed in Tiberias, Safed, Nahariya, and towns in the upper Galilee. Five people have been reported injured by the attacks, and have been treated in local hospitals.

6 Aug 2006 - Twelve IDF reservists in Kfar Giladi and 3 civilians in Haifa were killed after Hezbollah launched a dusk rocket barrage on northern Israel. One rocket was loaded with ball bearings and directly hit parked cars in Kfar Giladi where the 12 soldiers were apparently resting. Hours later, several rockets hit Haifa, killing 3 civilians and wounding as many as 189 people. The attack on Haifa was designated a high-casualty event, which marks the first attack given this definition since Hezbollah began firing rockets on July 12. At least 160 rockets hit Israel throughout the day, in what has been the deadliest attack on Israel during the fighting.

5 Aug 2006 - Three residents of the village of Arab al-Aramshe, 60-year-old Fadia Jumaa and her two daughters Samira, 31, and Sultana, 33, were killed Saturday afternoon after they were directly hit by a rocket. Over 120 rockets struck Ma'alot, Tiberias, Nahariya, Shlomi and Kiryat Shmona between 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. – and over 170 hit Israel throughout the day. In Shlomi, the rockets ignited a number of brush fires similar to those currently burning in other northern towns, destroying several acres of land.

4 Aug 2006 - Three Israelis were killed and at least 86 others wounded after the day’s rocket attacks. Manal Azzam, a 27-year-old mother of two was killed by a Hezbollah rocket in the village of Mughar after a rocket directly struck her home. Mughar is a Druze-Muslim-Christian village in northern Israel. A man from Kiryat Shmona also died from his wounds at a hospital after suffering critical injuries. Rockets also struck Kibbutz Sha'ar Yishuv, Carmiel, Safed, Acco, and Nahariya. At least 22 people were treated for shock from the rockets. Hezbollah fired more than 200 rockets into Israel, and at one point fired more than 70 in an hour.

3 Aug 2006 - Eight Israelis were killed and several dozens wounded after Hezbollah sprayed over 180 rockets into northern Israel. Four people were killed in Acco and another three in Ma'alot. Casualties were also reported in Kiryat Shmona, Tiberias, Carmiel and Nahariya. Nearly 50 people were taken to hospitals for treatment to injuries, and over 30 were treated for shock.

2 Aug 2006 - Breaking the record for the number of Katyusha rockets fired on July 30, Hezbollah launched over 220 rockets into Israel. A rocket hit Kibbutz Sa'ar, north of Nahariya, instantly killing a man who was outside riding his bike. Hezbollah again fired an Iranian-made Khaibar-1 rocket, this time landing in Bet Shean, which at 42 miles south of the Lebanese border is the farthest town to date to come under rocket fire. Seven people were wounded in the Bet Shean attack, and 15 more were treated for shock. Rockets also landed in Acco, Tiberias, Haifa, Hatzor, Kiryat Shmona, Safed, Rosh Pina, and Ma'alot. A rocket also strayed into the West Bank for the first time, hitting near Jenin, but causing no casualties. According to Fatah spokesman Fahmi Zarer, “We know that they did not intend to strike Palestinian territory. They intended to strike Israel.”

1 Aug 2006 - The IDF sustained several casualties in a battle against Hezbollah gunmen in the Lebanese village of Aita al-Shaab. At least three soldiers were killed when dozens of gunmen surprised an IDF unit and fired anti-tank missiles. The IDF however was successful in killing at least 15 Hezbollah terrorists. Meanwhile, the IDF reported that only 8 Katyusha rockets and 4 mortars fell into Israel, with no casualties reported.

31 Jul 2006 - According to Israeli military and media sources, much of Hezbollah’s long range rocket capabilities have been destroyed. On this day, 4 rockets were fired into Israel, only a day after Hezbollah launched nearly 150 rockets. The rockets landed in an open area near Nahariya, and no reports of casualties have been reported. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said that Israel will not agree to a cease-fire until the threat of Hezbollah is removed. In the past several days, the IDF has killed over 20 Hezbollah operatives, and Israeli soldiers have been successful in discovering several caches of rockets and anti-tank missiles.

30 Jul 2006 - A record 148 Katyusha rockets fell on Israel, with more than 100 rockets landing in the Kiryat Shmona area. Hezbollah rockets also landed in Haifa, the Krayot area, Safed, and Acco. In Acco, one rocket directly hit a house and another landed near a kindergarten. At least 4 people were moderately to seriously injured in the rocket barrages. Magen David Adom reported that it had treated 69 victims during the day’s attacks.

29 Jul 2006 - Hezbollah fired over 90 rockets into Israel, lightly injuring five people, but no heavy casualties were reported.

28 Jul 2006 - Hezbollah launched its deadliest rocket yet at Israel. The Khaibar-1 rocket — named for a battle between Muhammad and his followers against the Jewish of the Arabian Peninsula in which the Jews were defeated and forced into servitude — landed near the northern town of Afula. Israel says that the rockets were renamed Iranian-made Fajr-5 rockets, which have four times more power than Katyusha rockets and can travel a range of nearly 60 miles. As many as 110 rockets were fired at Israel over the course of the day. There were few civilian casualties, but one rocket struck the Western Galilee hospital of Nahariya.

27 Jul 2006 - About 80 Hezbollah rockets were fired into northern Israel, several of which landed Tiberias. Around 7:20 p.m., Kiryat Shmona suffered a rocket barrage, directly injuring three people, and hospitalizing 16 others from shock. Between Thursday morning and around 7:00 p.m. Thursday, approximately 80 rockets fell – 22 in Kiryat Shmona, 16 in Maalot, 14 in Rosh Pina and the surrounding areas, 12 in Nahariya, eight in Carmiel and eight in Safed. As early as 7:45 a.m. Hezbollah fired two rocket barrages which landed in an open area near Maalot and Shlomi. At 11:00 a.m., rockets landed in the Rosh Pina area, but no one was reported wounded.

26 Jul 2006 - At least 119 rockets were fired by Hezbollah on the towns of Tiberias, Safed, Rosh Pina, and Kiryat Shmona. Ma'alot was hit by rockets a two hours after a heavy barrage hit the Haifa area, Carmiel, and Acco, wounding 16 people, one seriously. At least 55 Israeli civilians were injured during the day’s rocket attacks, several of them critically. In addition, eight soldiers from the Golani Brigade were killed in fierce house-to-house fighting in the Hezbollah stronghold of Bint Jbail, Lebanon. At least 30 other IDF soldiers were wounded during the battles. As the soldiers entered the village, they were met with rocket and mortar fire by Hezbollah terrorists, in what the IDF calls a “planned ambush” of its soldiers.

25 Jul 2006 - In the Galilee village of Kfar Mrar, Dou’a Abbas, 15, was killed when a Katyusha rocket fired by Hezbollah hit her house. The village of Kfar Mrar is home to predominately Christian, Muslim, and Druze citizens of Israel. An elderly Haifa man also died of a heart attack on his way to a bomb shelter after hearing a warning siren. Rockets hit the cities of Kiryat Shmona, Acco, Tiberias, Ma’alot, Safed, Shfaram, Nahariya, and Haifa; sixteen rockets landed in Haifa alone during the barrage. In southern Israel, a foreign worker was injured when shrapnel from a Kassam rocket hit her house in the Negev. In total, 2 people were killed and 48 people were wounded by day’s attacks.

24 Jul 2006 - Hezbollah fired more than 70 Katyusha rockets into Israel, several of which landed in Nahariya, Safed, and Kiryat Shmona. Medics treated at least 49 people who were lightly to moderately wounded. More than 2200 rockets have been fired at Israeli cities since July 12, killing 17 Israelis, all of them civilians. 20 Israeli soldiers were killed in other incidents.

23 Jul 2006 - Shimon Glickblich, 60, of Haifa was killed Sunday morning (11:00) while driving his car in Haifa. Habib Isa Awad, 48, of Iblin, was killed while working in the carpentry shop in Kiryat Ata. Another 12 were wounded in the morning barrage in Haifa, and more later in the day as over 90 rockets were fired at Haifa, Acco, Kiryat Shmona, and elsewhere in northern Israel. .

20 Jul 2006 - Five IDF soldiers were killed and five wounded in continuing exchanges of fire in the Lebanese village of Maroun al-Ras, near Avivim, where two soldiers were killed on Wednesday. The body of the fifth soldier, St.-Sgt. Yonatan (Sergei) Vlasyuk, 21, of Kibbutz Lahav was retrieved on July 22. At 16, Yonatan immigrated alone to Israel through the Jewish Agency's "Na'aleh" program. He was adopted by Dalia Gal, a member of Kibbutz Lahav in the Negev. An IDF officer was killed and three soldiers were wounded as two Apache (Cobra) combat helicopters on their way to Lebanon to assist IDF forces operating against Hezbollah terrorists near Avivim collided and then crashed south of Kiryat Shmona.

19 Jul 2006 - St.-Sgt. Yonatan Hadasi, 21, of Kibbutz Merhavia and St.-Sgt. Yotam Gilboa, 21, of Kibbutz Maoz Haim were killed and nine soldiers were wounded in exchanges of fire between IDF and Hezbollah in south Lebanon, near Moshav Avivim. The Israeli force had crossed the border to destroy the Hezbollah rocket-launching position at the former IDF outpost of Shaked. Rabia Abed Taluzi (3) and his brother Mahmoud (7) who were playing soccer outside their house were killed and dozens were wounded in two Katyusha rocket attacks on the Israeli Arab city of Nazareth.

18 Jul 2006 - Andrei Zelinksy, 36, was killed Tuesday evening in Nahariya outside a bomb shelter. Though he managed to save his family by rushing them into the shelter, he returned home to get a blanket for his daughter and was killed. Some 130 rockets were fired at the north on Tuesday, 100 of them within one hour and a half - also landing in the Haifa area, Carmiel, Tiberias, Safed, Maalot and Rosh Pina. About 60 people injured were evacuated to hospitals in Safed and Nahariya.

17 Jul 2006 - Over 50 rockets were fired towards the eastern and upper Galilee on Monday night. A Katyusha rocket hit the external wall of the Rebecca Sieff Hospital in Safed, causing damage to infrastructure; five patients, two doctors and two other hospital employees were injured. Earlier, 11 people were wounded in Haifa when a 3-story apartment building was hit by missile. The Israel Air Force destroyed at least ten long-range Iranian-made missiles capable of hitting Tel Aviv, by targeting a Hezbollah truck carrying the missiles before they could be launched. To date, missiles have been fired up to 40 kilometers into Israel.

16 Jul 2006 - Eight killed, 50 wounded in Hezbollah rocket attack on Haifa - Rockets began falling on the Haifa area shortly after 9:00 a.m. Eight employees of Israel Railways at the Haifa train depot were killed in a direct hit by a Fajar missile made in Syria. A total of over 50 people were wounded in Haifa and the Haifa Bay area.

15 Jul 2006 - Katyusha rockets landed for the first time in Tiberias, located 35 kilometers from the Lebanese border on the Sea of Galilee, as well as in nearby communities.

14 Jul 2006 - Shortly after 8:30 p.m. Friday night an Israeli navy ship was severely damaged by an Iran-manufactured missile fired by Hezbollah. Four IDF soldiers were killed: Staff Sgt. Tal Amgar, 21, of Ashdod; Yaniv Hershkovitz, 21, of Haifa; Shai Atias, 19, of Rishon Lezion; and  Dov Steinshuss, 37, of Carmiel. Omer Pesachov, 7, of Nahariya, and his grandmother Yehudit Itzkovitch, 58, of Moshav Meron were killed by a Katyusha rocket in Meron early Friday evening. Roni, Omer's older sister, was badly wounded, and the grandfather, Naftali, was lightly hurt. The family had fled the Katyushas in Nahariya to spend a quiet weekend with their grandparents.

13 Jul 2006 - Monica Seidman (Lehrer), 40, of  Nahariya was killed in her home by a Katyusha rocket Thursday morning. In the evening, Nitzan Roseban, 33, was killed in Safed by a direct rocket hit. On Thursday evening Katyushas landed in Haifa.

12 Jul 2006 - Hezbollah terrorists infiltrated into Israeli territory and attacked two IDF armored jeeps patrolling the border with Lebanon, killing three soldiers and kidnapping two. Ground forces entered Lebanon in the area of the attack. A large explosive device was detonated underneath an Israeli tank, killing all four of the tank crew. An eighth soldier was killed when IDF troops entered Lebanon to try to retrieve the bodies of the tank crew. Throughout the day, Hezbollah terror organization fired Katyusha rockets and mortar shells at Israel's northern borders' communities and IDF posts.

27 May 2006 - An IDF soldier was wounded when Katyushas were fired at an army base at Mt. Meron in the upper Galilee.

27 Dec 2005 - A branch of a Palestinian organization connected to Al-Qaida fired 6 Katyushas, damaging a house in Kiryat Shmona and a house in Metulla. In response, the IAF attacked a training base of the Popular Front, south of Beirut.

21 Nov 2005 - An attempt to kidnap an IDF soldier was foiled. Afterward, Hezbollah launched a barrage of mortars and Katyusha rockets that injured nine soldiers and two civilians.

29 Jun 2005 - More than 20 mortars were fired from across the border. Cpl. Uzi Peretz of the Golani Brigade was killed and four soldiers were wounded.

24 Apr 2005 - Several explosive devices exploded near the Lebanese-Israeli border in the Mount Dov area. Officials believe the devices were planted by Hezbollah, but this was not confirmed. No injuries were reported in the explosions.

7 Apr 2005 - Two Israeli-Arabs from the village of Rajar near the Israel-Lebanon border were kidnapped by Hezbollah operatives and held in captivity for four days. The men, identified as Muki Ben-Jamal and Nuef Maharj Ben-Ali, said they were interrogated by their captors who wanted information on Israel. They were later released. Israeli officials did not believe that any security information had been compromised.

9 Jan 2005 - An explosive device was detonated against an IDF patrol that killed one Israeli soldier and a UN officer.

20 Jul 2004 - Hezbollah sniper fire at an IDF border post killed two soldiers.

7 May 2004 - Fire in the Mt. Dov sector killed Dennis Leminov and wounded two other soldiers.

19 Jan 2004 - An anti-tank missile killed Yan Rotzenski and wounded another soldier.

6 Oct 2003 - Staff Sgt. David Solomonov was killed when Hezbollah fired at an IDF force south of the Fatma Gate in the eastern sector. In addition, the Hezbollah fired missiles and rockets at an IDF post in the Reches Ramim area.

10 Aug 2003 - Haviv Dadon, 16, of Shlomi, was struck in the chest and killed by shrapnel from an anti-aircraft shell fired by Hezbollah terrorists in Lebanon. Four others were wounded.

20 Jul 2003 - Hezbollah snipers fired on an Israeli outpost near Chetula, killing two Israeli soldiers.

7 May 2003 - Hezbollah attacked IDF positions in the Shebaa farms with heavy rocket, mortar, and small arms fire. One Israeli soldier was killed and five others were wounded in the attack.

5 May 2003 - A cycle of armed exchanges across the Blue Line began. Israel carried out more than 20 air sorties over the country. Subsequently, Hezbollah fired several anti-aircraft rounds with shrapnel landing inside Israel.

22 Mar 2003 - Hezbollah fired rockets and mortars at Israeli army positions in the Sheba farms and adjacent areas. This attack followed eight incursions into Lebanese airspace by Israeli aircraft.

6 Jan 2003 - Hezbollah fired anti aircraft shells in the vicinity of Birait in the western sector of the Lebanese border. No one was hurt and no damage was caused.

29 Aug 2002 - Fire at an IDF post in the Mt. Dov sector killed Ofer Misali and wounded two other soldiers.

12 Mar 2002 – Infiltration: In a shooting attack on the Shlomi- Metzuba route. Six Israelis civilians were killed, among them IDF officer Lt. German Rojkov. 

7 Aug 2001 - Two houses belonging to senior members of the former Israeli-allied South Lebanon Army militia were blown up using explosive devices. One of the houses belonged to Robin Abboud; the other to Samir Raslan. Hezbollah is suspected.

28 Apr 2001 - A 60 year-old Israeli man was found stabbed to death in Kfar Ba'aneh, near Carmiel in Galilee. The terrorists responsible for the attack were apprehended in July. Six members of a Hezbollah-linked Palestinian terrorist cell responsible for the murder were arrested in July. The murder was the initiation rite of the organization.

14 Apr 2001 - Fire at an IDF post in the Mt. Dov sector. IDF soldier Elad Litvak was killed. 

1 Apr 2001 - A 42 year-old Israeli woman was stabbed to death in Haifa. Her murder was the initiation rite of a terrorist cell, whose members were apprehended in July. Six members of a Hezbollah-linked Palestinian terrorist cell responsible for the murder, originally thought to be criminally motivated, were arrested in July. The murder was the initiation rite of one of the terrorists into the organization.

16 Feb 2001- Fire at an IDF convoy on Mt. Dov killed Elad Shneor and wounded three other soldiers were wounded.

26 Nov 2000 - A charge was detonated near an IDF convoy. IDF soldier Khalil Taher was killed and two other soldiers were wounded.

7 Oct 2000 - Kidnapping: Three IDF soldiers: Adi Avitan, Omer Soued and Binyamin Avraham were kidnapped by the Hezbollah from the Mt. Dov sector.

Sources: Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Ministry of Foreign Affairs Summary of Events; RAND Terrorism Database; The Institute for Counter-Terrorism; U.S. State Department Report on Human Rights Practices for 2004; The Jerusalem Post; Ynetnews