At least 23 people have been killed by Israeli air strikes in Lebanon today as the violence there shows no signs of easing. Israel has dismissed talk of sending an international force to southern Lebanon to help end Hezbollah rocket attacks as premature and continued to bombard the country’s infrastructure. Beirut’s port and international airport came under attack. Petrol stations and factories elsewhere were also hit. Israel’s military campaign, launched after Hezbollah captured two of its soldiers, has resulted in the loss of lives of some 176 Lebanese – all but 13 of them civilians.