Civilian killed, dozens injured in Israeli strike near Lebanon’s Tyre

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An Israeli strike on a building east of the Lebanese port city of Tyre in the early hours of Friday left one civilian woman dead and more than a dozen wounded, many of them children, according to two security sources.

The Israeli military said it was investigating the report.

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The attack came shortly after Hezbollah said it had launched rockets and weaponized drones at nine Israeli military sites in a coordinated attack on Thursday, ramping up hostilities on Lebanon’s southern border for the second consecutive day.

Hezbollah said the attack was carried out in retaliation for an Israeli strike on Tuesday that killed a senior Hezbollah field commander. A security source told Lebanon it was the largest attack waged by Hezbollah since October, when the group started exchanging fire with Israel in parallel with the Gaza war.

Israeli strikes have killed more than 300 Hezbollah fighters in Lebanon - more than it lost in 2006, when the sides last fought a major war, according to a Reuters tally. The number of civilians killed is around 80, the tally says. Attacks from Lebanon have killed 18 Israeli soldiers and 10 civilians, Israel says.

The exchanges of fire have also displaced tens of thousands of people on both sides of the border.

With agencies

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