Health ministry condemns Israeli strike that killed 2 medics in Blida


The health ministry condemned Friday the "direct" attack on a civilian health center, after two paramedics affiliated with Hezbollah and one of the group's fighters were killed in an Israeli strike on the southern border town of Blida.

The ministry called on the international community to hold Israel to account for its "dangerous violations".

The Israeli army had struck Hezbollah's civil defense center in Blida, amid near-daily cross-border fire between the arch foes since the Israeli war on Gaza broke out on October 7.

The Hezbollah-affiliated Islamic Health Committee said two of its paramedics were killed in a "direct" Israeli attack on a civil defense centre in Blida, while Hezbollah also announced the death of one of its fighters.

The Islamic Health Committee said the attack caused "the destruction of the health centre as well as a number of ambulances".

In retaliation, Hezbollah said it launched a drone attack on northern Israel on Friday, after also announcing rocket fire the night before.

Since October, at least 276 people have been killed on the Lebanese side, most of them Hezbollah fighters but also including 44 civilians, according to an AFP tally.

On the Israeli side, 10 soldiers and six civilians have been killed, according to the Israeli army.

Last month, Hezbollah said an Israeli strike killed two affiliated medics in south Lebanon's Hanin, calling it a "blatant attack".

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