Fri 08 Dec 2023 10:49 pm - Jerusalem Time
3 Lebanese soldiers were injured in an Israeli bombing
Three Lebanese soldiers were injured as a result of an Israeli bombing in southern Lebanon, according to a medical source, while the army announced a second Israeli attack on a military hospital, without casualties.
For its part, Hezbollah announced the killing of four of its members on Friday.
A medical source told Agence France-Presse, "The vicinity of the Lebanese army position in the coastal area of Ras Naqoura in southern Lebanon, on the border between Lebanon and Israel, was subjected to Israeli shelling with artillery shells, and information indicated that three soldiers were lightly injured."
An Agence France-Presse photographer at the site saw the soldiers lying on stretchers. They appeared to be having difficulty breathing, but there were no open wounds.
This comes two days after the killing of two people, one of whom was a soldier, the first victim from the Lebanese army since the start of the almost daily exchange of fire on the border between Israel and the Iranian-backed Hezbollah following the outbreak of the war on Gaza.
The Israeli army admitted carrying out the bombing and expressed its "regret," saying that it was targeting a Hezbollah position and not the army.
The Lebanese Army said in a statement on Friday that, “On 12/8/2023, the army hospital center in the town of Ain Ebel - the south was bombed by the Israeli enemy, which led to material damage but no casualties.”
Hezbollah claimed responsibility on Friday for a series of attacks against Israeli forces and sites near the border. At the same time, Israel announced its continued bombing of border areas and targeting Hezbollah's infrastructure.
Since October 7, violence on the border has resulted in the killing of at least 120 people in Lebanon, the majority of whom are Hezbollah fighters, as well as 16 civilians, including three journalists, according to an Agence France-Presse count.
On Thursday, a civilian was killed in northern Israel by an anti-tank missile fired from southern Lebanon, bringing the death toll in attacks from Lebanon to at least six Israeli soldiers and four civilians, according to the authorities.
Hezbollah claimed responsibility for launching the missile on Thursday, saying it targeted Israeli military sites.
On the same day, the Palestinian Jihad movement announced the killing of two of its members, bringing the number of its members killed since the start of the escalation in southern Lebanon to eight.