The Lebanese capital’s southern suburbs have once again been pounded by Israeli bombs leaving more swathes of the city in ruins. For residents it is an increasingly dangerous situation. The death toll from a raid on Monday in south Beirut has creeped up to 40. Overall a thousand people are estimated to have been killed in Lebanon since the conflict began nearly one month ago. Further north, for the first time since the start of the war, Israel bombed Lebanon’s largest Palestinian refugee camp, near the port city of Sidon. It is said that Hizbollah fighters were being hidden there – there were at least two deaths.
In the Bekaa valley, an airstrike also targeting a local Hizbollah leader reportedly killed him, as well as his wife and five children.
Tyre, once a holiday destination is now on the front line. Smoke rising above the city is a familiar sight and one that could well continue as Israel has warned its operations in the south against Hizbollah are to intensify.