With the deaths of eight civilians and four soldiers, Israel has suffered its heaviest losses in one day since the war with Hizbollah began. The guerrilla group fired more than 130 rockets in just one hour on Thursday afternoon, killing several people, including a father and daughter, and wounding dozens more. The attacks came a day after the Israeli Prime Minister claimed that the army had destroyed Hizbollah’s infrastructure.
Missiles hit the cities of Acre and Maalot, raising to 27 the number of civilians killed by rocket fire. As four troops, aged 18 and 19, died in fighting in southern Lebanon, a US-born soldier who was killed in combat with Hizbollah earlier this week was buried. Michael Levin moved from Pennsylvania to Israel four years ago, determined to serve in the country’s paratroopers unit.