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Beirut rocked by fresh wave of air strikes

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Beirut rocked by fresh wave of air strikes


With just hours to go before the conflict is due to end, neither Israel nor Hizbollah showed any signs of stopping hostilities. Israeli warplanes launched fresh strikes on the southern suburbs of Beirut, killing at least one civilian. Some 18 explosions in about a minute shook the Lebanese capital. Hizbollah says it has no presence in the area and none of its leaders or members were hurt.

Five people including a mother and her three children died in an air raid near the southern city of Tyre and two people were killed when a truck was hit in the Bekaa valley. At least 1,076 lives have been lost in Lebanon during the month-long war. Most of the dead were civilians. Hundreds more have been wounded.

It is unclear how many Hizbollah militants have died. The militia put the figure at around 100 while an Israeli commander says it is nearer 500. Battles between Hizbollah and the Israeli army continue to rage near the border. Some Middle East analysts say it looks as though Israel is trying to establish positions as far north as possible so as to implement a so-called fighting withdrawal – taking on as much of Hizbollah as possible as they return south.

It is thought at least 104 Israeli troops have been killed in the conflict.

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