December 3, 2023

By ABBY SEWELL (Related Press)

BEIRUT (AP) — 4 civilians, three of them youngsters, have been killed by an Israeli airstrike in south Lebanon Sunday night, a neighborhood civil protection official and Lebanese state-run media stated.

Israeli military spokesperson Avichay Adraee stated in a press release on X, previously referred to as Twitter, that one Israeli was additionally killed Sunday in a strike launched by the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. He didn’t specify whether or not the individual was a civilian or a soldier.

Israeli troops and Hezbollah militants and their allies alongside the tense Lebanon-Israel border have been clashing for nearly a month for the reason that begin of the Hamas-Israel warfare. Whereas clashes stay largely contained to areas close to the border, they’ve elevated in depth as Israel continues its floor incursion into Gaza.

Lebanon’s state-run Nationwide Information Company reported that two civilian automobiles carrying members of the identical household – considered one of them a neighborhood journalist – have been driving between the cities of Ainata and Aitaroun Sunday night after they have been hit by an Israeli airstrike. One of many automobiles was hit instantly and burst into flames, the report stated. One lady and three youngsters, aged 10, 12 and 14 have been killed, and others have been wounded, it stated.

Ali Safieddine, the pinnacle of the civil protection within the Tyre district in south Lebanon confirmed {that a} lady and three youngsters have been killed however didn’t have additional particulars.

There was no quick remark from the Israeli army or from Hezbollah on the incident.

Earlier Sunday, native Lebanese officers stated an Israeli drone had struck close to two ambulance on their method to choose up casualties from in a single day strikes in southern Lebanon, wounding 4 paramedics. The Israeli military stated in a press release that it had launched strikes on a “terrorist cell” that was trying to fireside missiles towards Israel from the Ras Naqoura space in south Lebanon and had not deliberately focused the autos.

Additionally Sunday, Hezbollah stated in a press release that it had focused an Israeli army automobile throughout the border from the Lebanese city of Blida with guided missiles Sunday, killing and wounding members of the crew.

The dying of the girl and three youngsters raised the variety of civilians killed on the Lebanese facet within the border clashes to 14, whereas not less than one Israeli civilian has been killed.

Hezbollah officers have warned that if Israel kills Lebanese civilians it is going to be thought of a violation of the principles of engagement and it’ll retaliate by attacking civilian targets.


Related Press workers writers Bassem Mroue in Beirut and Julia Frankel in Jerusalem contributed to this report.