Making deepest penetration into northern Israel, rockets hit Zichron Yaakov

Marcy Oster

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Rockets struck the northern town of Zichron Yaakov, the deepest penetration into Israel in the recent barrage of fire from Gaza.

The rockets fired Tuesday afternoon landed in an open area located about 75 miles from the border with Gaza. Reports called it the farthest north into Israel that rockets from Gaza have hit.

Shrapnel from the rockets started a brush fire in the area. One person sustained shrapnel injuries.

Hamas took responsibility, saying it was aiming for the highly populated nearby city of Haifa. The rockets reportedly were emptied of most of their explosives in order to allow it to travel farther.

More than 50 rockets had been fired at Israel on Wednesday by later in the afternoon.

The Palestinian Maan news agency reported Tuesday afternoon that the overall death toll since the start of the Israeli military’s Operation Protective Edge has risen to 35, with 300 injuries.