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Israel steps up attacks on Lebanon

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Israel steps up attacks on Lebanon


Israel carried out fresh strikes on militant strongholds in southern Lebanon this morning, as the offensive entered its twelfth day. Several blasts were heard across Beirut, where Israeli aircraft flattened scores of buildings – many used by the Hizbollah guerrilla group.

At least three people were wounded in strikes on the port city of Sidon. The air raids have claimed more than 350 lives in Lebanon – mostly civilians. Israeli forces also claim to have control of the village of Maroun al-Ras – apparently used by guerrillas as a base for rocket attacks on Israel.

Yesterday air raids hit transmission stations used by several Lebanese TV channels, killing one employee and knocking out mobile phone services in northern Lebanon. Shrapnel and broken glass from the attack hit a neighbouring monastery. Two French citizens inside the building were wounded.

Israel, which launched the assault when Hizbollah captured two soldiers earlier this month, says it has no plans for a full scale invasion of Lebanon. However it has called up several thousand reservists and warned Lebanese villagers to leave southern Lebanon. The army’s also been carrying out small scale incursions into Lebanese territory, and says the offensive could last at least another week.

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