Israeli shelling wounds three Lebanese troops


Three Lebanese soldiers were lightly injured overnight by Israeli shelling in southern Lebanon, medical sources said, while the Lebanese Army reported no casualties in a second attack on a military hospital.

"Israeli artillery fire targeted the vicinity of a Lebanese Army post in Ras el-Naqoura, lightly injuring three soldiers," a medical source told AFP.

An AFP photographer at the scene saw the soldiers lying on stretchers, exhibiting signs of breathing difficulties but with no open wounds.

On Tuesday, two people, including a Lebanese soldier, were killed in Israeli cross-border shelling -- the first among Lebanese army personnel to be killed since the start of almost daily exchanges of fire on the border between Israel and Hezbollah.

The Israeli army acknowledged the incident and expressed "regret," saying it was targeting a Hezbollah position and not the army.

The Lebanese Army, deployed to the border area, reported a second attack on Friday.

"On December 8, 2023, the military hospital in the town of Ain Ebel was bombed by the Israeli enemy, causing material damage but no casualties," it said in a statement.

Regular cross-border fire began following the start of the Israel-Hamas war, triggered by the Palestinian movement's surprise October 7 attack on Israel.

Hezbollah, an ally of Hamas, claimed responsibility on Friday for a series of attacks against Israeli troops and positions near the border.

Meanwhile, Israel continues to hit border areas in what it says is an attempt to destroy Hezbollah's infrastructure.

Since October 7, border violence has killed at least 120 people in Lebanon, the majority Hezbollah fighters but also 16 civilians, including three journalists, according to an AFP count.

On Thursday, a civilian was killed in northern Israel by an anti-tank missile fired from southern Lebanon, bringing the number killed in attacks from Lebanon to at least six Israeli soldiers and four civilians, according to authorities.

Hezbollah had claimed responsibility for the anti-tank missile on Thursday, saying it was targeting Israeli military barracks.

On the same day, Islamic Jihad, a Palestinian armed group, announced the death of two of its fighters, bringing the number of its members killed in southern Lebanon to eight.

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