Israel bombs south, kills 1 as Hezbollah halts operations for Eid


Relative calm engulfed southern Lebanon on Sunday and Monday as Hezbollah appeared to have suspended its cross-border attacks against Israel for the Eid al-Adha holiday.

On Monday, an Israeli airstrike targeted a car on the outskirts of Shehabiyeh in the Tyre district, killing a man identified by the National News Agency as Mohammad Mustafa Ayoub.

Israeli forces had earlier in the day fired machineguns at residents of the border town of Dhayra who were inspecting their properties and visiting the cemetery.

Also on Monday, an Israeli aircraft fired two missiles on the border town of Mays al-Jabal as artillery shelling hit the border towns of Khiam, Kfar Hamam, Rashaya al-Fukhar and Kfarkela, as well as the Marjeyoun plain.

A few airstrikes and intermittent artillery shelling had targeted several border towns on Sunday.

The relative calm comes after several days of major escalation that followed Israel's assassination of senior Hezbollah military commander Taleb Abdallah, the most senior commander to be killed since the beginning of the current confrontations on October 8.

Israel and Hezbollah, a Hamas ally, have traded near-daily cross-border fire since the Palestinian militant group's October 7 attack on Israel which triggered war in the Gaza Strip.

The cross-border violence has killed at least 471 people in Lebanon, most of them fighters but also including 91 civilians, according to an AFP tally.

Israeli authorities say at least 15 Israeli soldiers and 11 civilians have been killed.

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