An Israeli missile has hit a van near Lebanon’s southern port of Tyre, killing 20 people, including 15 children. Seven of the dead were from the same family. The vehicle was carrying families fleeing the village of Marwaheen after Israeli loudspeaker warnings to leave their homes. Residents say they tried to take refuge at a UN position but were turned away.
Many of the bodies were charred. Israel has bombed roads, bridges and petrol stations across Lebanon since Hizbollah militants in the south captured two Israeli soldiers on Wednesday. The four-day campaign has killed about 100 people, nearly all civilians. Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora demanded an immediate UN-backed ceasefire, denouncing Israel for turning his country into a “disaster zone”. He has appealed for foreign aid.