One killed, 9 wounded in Israeli strike on Bint Jbeil


One person was killed and several civilians were injured Monday in an Israeli drone strike on a motorbike outside the Salah Ghandour Hospital in the southern town of Bint Jbeil.

"An enemy drone" targeted "a motorcycle near the Salah Ghandour hospital in the town of Bint Jbeil", killing the motorcycle driver and wounding others, the state-run National News Agency (NNA) said, without specifying whether they were civilians.

The Islamic Health Committee, affiliated with Lebanon's powerful Hezbollah group, runs the hospital in the southern town.

The facility's administration said one person was killed and 9 others were wounded, four of them seriously.

A photographer contributing to AFP at the site of the strike saw a charred motorbike near the hospital entrance.

The Israeli army did not immediately give a statement on the strike but said it had targeted other areas of southern Lebanon in response to “terrorist launches.”

Mohammed Suleiman, director of the Salah Ghandour Hospital, said they had received one person killed and nine wounded in the strike, most of whom were “civilians who were in front of the hospital, where family members and people accompanying the patients usually gather.”

Two of the wounded were in “highly sensitive” condition, he said. The strike also caused minor damage to the hospital.

On Sunday, Israeli strikes targeted motorbikes in three different south Lebanon border villages, killing seven people including five Hezbollah fighters in Houla, Aita al-Shaab, and Naqoura on the coast.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had said last week that Israel has "surprising plans" for Lebanon. His comments were mocked by Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah who said that it was Gaza and Lebanon's Hezbollah that surprised Israel on October 7 and October 8.

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