The attack was the most dramatic in Friday’s violence between Hizbollah and Israel. Four Israeli troops were missing afterwards. This is the warship before it was targeted – it had been firing rockets on Lebanon. With the conflict now in its fourth day, the fears are that it will spiral. Syria has now offered its full support to Hizbollah and Lebanon against Israel. Syrian youths in Damascus celebrated Hizbollah’s attacks on the Israeli warship by driving past the US embassy waving Hizbollah and Syrian flags.
The Israel-Lebanon death toll overall since Wednesday stands at least 66 killed in Lebanon, almost all of them civilians, and at least 12 Israelis dead.