It has emerged the number of civilians killed in the Israeli attack on the village of Qana was probably overestimated. According to the human rights group Human Rights Watch, the bodies of 28 people have been recovered – most of whom were children. Thirteen people are still missing. The original deathtoll stood at 54.
Israel has expressed sorrow for the deaths. An Israeli inquiry into the bombing said the army would not have targeted one of the buildings had it known civilians were inside, but accused Hizbollah of using them as human shields.
Israel has called Qana a hub of Hizbollah activity. However, Human Rights Watch said its researchers did not find any military equipment there, nor did rescue workers recover the bodies of any Hizbollah guerrillas.
The attack drew international condemnation and forced Israel to agree to a 2-day partial suspension of air strikes.