Beirut has come under renewed attack this morning with Israeli jets pounding the city’s southern suburbs. The bombardment comes after Israel dropped leaflets yesterday urging residents still in their homes to leave the area, which is a Hizbollah stronghold. There were further air strikes in the north of the country, near the border with Syria, which left seven people dead and one wounded.
Israeli forces meanwhile have seized the key town of Marjayoun which overlooks the Litani River valley, one of the sites from which Hizbollah is firing rockets into northern Israel.
The army has gained considerable ground in recent days, and is now seven kilometres inside Lebanese territory, but continues to meet stiff resistance from Hizbollah fighters. Israel has put its planned push towards the Litani River on hold, to allow time for agreement at the UN on a possible ceasefire.