Injured evcuated
Photo: Reuters
Smoke billows over Tyre
Photo: AP
Scene of the strike
Photo: Reuters
Civilian at bomb site
Photo: AP

IAF strikes Lebanese army base

Local broadcasters in Lebanon report Israel hit army base, adjacent relay station belonging to Lebanese state radio, but it was not immediately clear if attack was by air or shelling from ships. Earlier, seven-story building, which housed offices of Hizbullah leader Sheikh Nabil Qaouk, collapses after Air Force strike; 13 wounded, including civilians

Local broadcasters in Lebanon reported Wednesday night that Israel hit an army base and an adjacent relay station belonging to Lebanese state radio 30 miles north of Beirut. The report said a transmission tower was knocked down, although it was not immediately clear if the attack was by air or shelling from ships.


Earlier Wednesday, 13 Lebanese people, including six children, were wounded in Lebanon Wednesday after the Israeli Air Force bombarded Hizbullah headquarters in the city of Tyre in south Lebanon.


Lebanese security officials reported that the targeted building served as the offices of senior Hizbullah leader Sheikh Nabil Qaouk, but the building was empty of Hizbullah operatives at the time of the strike.



Two of the wounded, a mother and son, were in serious condition.

Aftermath of IAF bombardment (Photo: Reuters)


Thick smoke arose from the building after two loud blasts shook the area. The seven-storey building collapsed, and electrical blackouts were experienced in the area.


Arab media sources reported that this was the first time the Air Force bombarded a building in the town of Tyre, but contrary to these claims, news agencies reported that the building opposite was bombed two days ago.


Ambulances and emergency teams were called to the scene and attempted to pull survivors from the wreckage. Cars parked below the building and on the streets surrounding were covered in a thick layer of dust and glass shards.


Earlier Wednesday, the Air Force struck a Hizbullah vehicle near the a-Masna border crossing between Lebanon and Syria. The truck’s driver was killed and two people were wounded.


Additionally, a Lebanese security official reported that 40 people suspected of cooperating with Israel were arrested by Hizbullah and the Lebanese army in Lebanon. According to the report, most of the arrests were made in the valley area in Lebanon and in the southern Beirut suburbs.


News agencies contributed to the report


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