Beirut bombed, earlier Saturday
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Eyewitnesses: Syria-Lebanon border attacked

Lebanese sources report strike that hit Syrian posts on Lebanon-Syria border. Israel denies attacking Syrian targets, says IDF struck bridges, roads on Lebanese side

Lebanese sources reported that the Israel Air Force on Saturday afternoon struck for the first time Syrian posts on the Syria-Lebanon borders. According to the reports, the IAF launched four strikes on targets on the Syrian side. Israeli denied the reports.


The al-Mustaqbal Lebanese news network reported that the IAF hit targets belonging to the Syrian army, and shortly afterwards the Air Force reportedly struck the al-Masnaah border between Syria and Lebanon. IDF officials said that the Air Force struck bridges and roads on the Lebanese side, and not Syrian posts.


Earlier Saturday, a senior IDF officer said that Syria indeed constitutes a negative element in the area, but not an element that is instigating the events or commanding them, and therefore there is no plan to attack Syria.  


On Saturday afternoon, IAF aircrafts launched a massive offensive on Beirut's Shiite neighborhood, where Hizbullah's senior leaders, including Hassan Nasrallah, are hiding.


23 civilians killed


Sources in Lebanon reported that IAF aircrafts struck a nine-story building near Hizbullah's High Council in Beirut. According to the report, the apartment building was seriously damaged and several people were hurt.


A short while earlier, Lebanese and international media reported that at least 23 civilians, among them women and children, were killed when an Israeli missile hit a van carrying passengers on a road in the Tyre area, police said.


A police spokesman said more may have been wounded as the vehicle was directly hit. According to reports, the passengers were on their way to a UN center when their vehicle was struck.


פרסום ראשון: 07.15.06, 17:01
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