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Escalation in fighting in Lebanon

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Escalation in fighting in Lebanon


Israeli jets have pounded the Lebanese capital Beirut, a day after Hizbollah guerrillas fired a record 231 rockets into Israeli territory. At least four loud explosions were heard in the early hours as warplanes hit the southern suburbs of the city, where fighters from the Lebanese militant group are based. The military offensive in the south of the country is also gaining ground. The fighting is fierce in the region, with 10,000 troops battling Hizbollah fighters.

It has been confirmed overnight that one Israeli soldier was killed and five others wounded near the border village of Aita al-Shaab. UN observers say battles are raging there and around the village of Kfar Kila, under intense shelling and airstrikes.

Some 37 Israeli troops have now been killed during the 23 days of fighting. At least 643 people in Lebanon have been killed, most of them civilians, and 56 Israelis have also died. Several UN and Red Cross convoys carrying food and medical supplies headed to the areas hardest-hit, but at least one was turned back after failing to get clearance from the Israeli military.

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