There has been a direct Israeli attack on the Lebanese port of Tyre. Two missiles destroyed the offices of the militant group’s commander in the region, Sheik Nabil Kaouk, at sunset yesterday. The building was empty at the time but many families were living nearby. Eyewitnesses say 12 people, of whom six were children, were injured. Israel wants to establish a two kilometre wide zone in the area which will be free of Hizbollah guerrillas who are firing rockets into Israeli territory.
Since the fighting began, at least 422 people, mainly civilians, have been killed in Lebanon. It is estimated that up to 750,000 have been driven from their homes. Many remain trapped in the war zones. In the latest bout, Hizbollah inflicted heavy casualties on Israeli troops as they battle for control of key strategic sites in southern Lebanon.