Lebanon security source says five killed in Israeli strikes on south

AFP , Wednesday 8 May 2024

A Lebanese security source said five people including two Hezbollah fighters were killed Wednesday in Israeli strikes on southern Lebanon, with a Palestinian armed group reporting three fatalities among its ranks.

Smoke billows during an Israeli strike on the southern Lebanese border village of Odaisseh on May 8, 2024. AFP


Israel and Hezbollah have stepped up cross-border exchanges since Israel's war on Gaza, now in its seventh month, began on 7 October.

According to the Lebanese security source, "two Hezbollah fighters" were killed in an Israeli air strike on the border town of Adaisseh.

Hezbollah later said two of its fighters had been "martyred on the road to Jerusalem", the phrase it uses to refer to members killed by Israeli fire.

A separate strike on the village of Khiam Wednesday killed three people who were likely "Palestinian combatants", the Lebanese source said.

The Islamic Jihad Palestinian militant group later released a statement saying three of its fighters were killed on the border with Israel.

AFP pictures showed a huge cloud of smoke rising above Khiam following a strike.

The Israeli military said its "fighter jets struck military structures... in the areas of Khiam, Adaisseh" and other southern Lebanon towns.

Israel earlier reported its "artillery and fighter jets" struck over 20 Hezbollah targets in southern Lebanon.

Hezbollah meanwhile said its forces carried out at least 11 attacks against northern Israeli army positions across the border, using drones and "guided missiles".

A statement from the Lebanese resistance group said six of those attacks were "in retaliation for enemy attacks against villages, homes and civilians" in southern Lebanon.

At least 395 people have been killed in Lebanon in seven months of cross-border violence, mostly Hezbollah fighters but also more than 70 civilians, according to an AFP tally.

Israel says 13 soldiers and nine civilians have been killed on its side of the border.

Tens of thousands of people have been displaced on both sides.

On Wednesday a Lebanese official said Israeli bombardment of south Lebanon since the start of the Israeli war on Gaza has caused more than $1.5 billion in damage.

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