The eighth day of Israeli air strikes on Lebanon has proved the deadliest. The bombardments killed at least 57 civilians and a Hizbollah fighter. Most of the victims were in southern and eastern areas. The southern village of Srifa is mourning 17 of its residents, many of them children.
For the first time, a Christian district of Beirut was hit. No casualties were reported there. Raids on the capital had previously been concentrated on southern districts where Hizbollah has a strong presence. Israel also renewed its bombing of the runway at Beirut international airport, which has been closed since Thursday.
Israel says it has destroyed “about 50 percent” of Hizbollah’s arsenal. Lebanon’s Acting Interior Minister Ahmed Fatfat said Israel was trying not just to defeat Hizbollah but also to destroy his country’s infrastructure.
“Are they turning it into a second Iraq?” he asked.