Nahariya is the home town of one of the Israeli soldiers captured by Hizbollah on Wednesday. As residents bought provisions ahead of the Jewish Sabbath or Shabbat, thoughts turned to his family. But some said they refused to be intimidated. “We must be strong. I am here since 1973 and we have lived through all those scary things and if we are going to get scared, to show that we are afraid, they’ll increase their bombings,” said one resident. “Me and my family, we’ll stay here. We won’t be moving,” said another.
Authorities have ordered residents to stay near bomb shelters so they can go inside as soon as they hear an air-raid siren. On Thursday night an estimated 200,000 people slept in such shelters.