3 Lebanese troops hurt by Israeli shelling — medical sources

BEIRUT — Three Lebanese soldiers were lightly injured today by Israeli shelling in southern Lebanon, medical sources say, while the Lebanese army reports no casualties in a second attack on a hospital.

Hezbollah also announces the death of four of its fighters today.

“Israeli artillery fire targeted the vicinity of a Lebanese army post in Ras el-Naqura, lightly injuring three soldiers,” a medical source tells 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 Iran-backed Hezbollah.

The Israel Defense Forces acknowledged the incident and expressed “regret,” saying it was targeting a Hezbollah position and not the army.

The Lebanese armed forces, 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 says in a statement.

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