The Israeli army has captured two Hizbollah fighters, according to the country’s military radio. It comes after Israel unleashed more air strikes against targets in Beirut and East and South Lebanon, killing at least five civilians and wounding around 80. The Lebanese death toll after the 12-day-long conflict is now nearing 400. However, in an interview published today, the leader of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, insists that Israel’s military advance will not stop the militants from firing rockets.
Nasrallah continued by re-iterating calls for an exchange of prisoners between the two sides. The two guerrillas were taken prisoner in the town of Maroun al-Ras near the Southern Lebanese border, the scene of heavy clashes in recent days. Earlier, Israeli forces fired on a Palestinian refugee camp near Tyre in Southern Lebanon. Sources claim six people, including a baby, were injured.
A dozen Israeli air raids on the eastern Bekaa Valley destroyed three factories, a house and several bridges. One person died and seven were injured. Two other civilians reportedly died during a raid on a southern village.