Photo: AP
Destruction in Beirut following previous IAF attack
Photo: AP

IAF attacks in Beirut; 3 killed

Israel resumes air strikes on Hizbullah strongholds in Dahiya district of Lebanese capital; local officials say three people killed; earlier Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah threatened to respond with rockets on Tel Aviv if Beirut attacked; Lebanese residents report Israeli warplanes struck in Baalbek, killing woman

Following the death of four IDF soldiers and eight civilians on Thursday, the Israeli Air Force launched an attack on the Dayiha district in Beirut.


Witnesses reported of four huge explosions that rocked the capital, and local officials said at least three people were killed in the attack.


IDF sources confirmed the attack, saying fighter jets targeted Hizbullah buildings, the home of a senior Hizbullah member and a Hamas office.


Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah on Thursday threatened to launch rockets at Tel Aviv should Israel strike Beirut. A senior Israeli defense source told Israel's Channel 1 that Israel will destroy Lebanon's infrastructure if Hizbullah fires rockets at Tel Aviv.


Lebanese residents said Thursday evening that Israeli warplanes struck in the east again, firing two rockets at a house in Baalbek. One woman died and three people were wounded officials said.


'Nasrallah a danger to you'


Earlier on Thursday Lebanese officials said the Israeli fighter jets attacked Beirut suburbs after dropping leaflets calling on locals to evacuate the area. Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah on Thursday threaten to launch rockets at Tel Aviv should Israel strike Beirut.


The leaflets, signed The State of Israel, told citizens that Nasrallah constituted a danger to them and said residents of the al-Ruweis, Hay Madi and Bir el-Abed neighborhoods should leave.


Reuters and The Associated Press reported that IAF planes also targeted roads in Tyre and Sidon.


Ronny Sofer and news agencies contributed to the report


פרסום ראשון: 08.04.06, 01:07
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