Five dead in Israeli strikes on south Lebanon: Media, source

AFP , Sunday 26 May 2024

Israeli strikes on south Lebanon on Sunday killed five people, official media and a source close to Hezbollah said, as Israel's military claimed attacks targeting the Iran-backed militant group.

Israeli bombardment in southern Lebanon
This picture taken from northern Israel shows smoke billowing during Israeli bombardment in southern Lebanon on May 25, 2024, amid ongoing cross-border clashes between Israeli troops and Hezbollah fighters. AFP

Lebanon's official National News Agency (NNA) reported that "the Israeli enemy targeted a motorbike in Hula", a border village, "leading to two martyrs and two wounded".

It was the third such strike on people on motorbikes in south Lebanon on Sunday, the agency said.

The NNA had earlier reported "two martyrs and wounded civilians in the raid that targeted a motorcycle in Aita al-Shaab", another border village.

The NNA also reported unspecified casualties in a separate strike earlier that "targeted a motorbike" in the border town of Naqura.

The Israeli army said in a statement that "a Hezbollah terrorist was identified exiting a military structure" in the Naqura area, adding that "an aircraft struck and eliminated" the operative.

It also said the army struck "two Hezbollah terrorists who were identified operating" in the Aita al-Shaab area.

Hezbollah announced a fighter had been killed, and a source close to the group said he died in Naqura.

The powerful Shiite Muslim movement claimed several attacks on Israeli troops and positions on Sunday, including some in retaliation for the Naqura and Aita al-Shaab strikes.

In recent weeks Hezbollah has stepped up its cross-border attacks, which it says are in support of Gazans and its ally Hamas, while Israel has struck deeper into Lebanese territory.

Lebanon's Hezbollah, a Hamas ally, has traded regular cross-border fire with Israel since October 7.

The violence has killed at least 438 people in Lebanon, including militants, according to an AFP tally.

Israel says 14 soldiers and 11 civilians have been killed on its side of the border.

* This story was edited by Ahram Online.

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