Eight found dead after Israeli strikes on Lebanon
The deaths bring to 438 the number of people killed, including 367 civilians, in Lebanon by the Israeli military onslaught on the country.india Updated: Jul 29, 2006 13:30 IST
The bodies of eight civilians, including a couple and their three children in a car hit by a missile, were found on the roads of southern Lebanon following Israeli bombardments on the region, officials said on Saturday.
"We retrieved from a destroyed car the bodies of a man, his wife and their three children who were killed three days ago on the Maarub-Dardghia road, near the southern port city of Tyre," the civil defense chief in southern Lebanon, Salam Daher, told the agency.
The bodies of three other civilians killed by shrapnel, some partly decomposed, were found on roads near Tyre, he said.
The deaths bring to 438 the number of people killed, including 367 civilians, in Lebanon by the Israeli military onslaught on the country launched after the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah captured two Israeli soldiers in a cross-border raid on July 12.
UN humanitarian coordinator Jan Egeland said Friday that more than 600 people have been killed in Lebanon since the start of the Israeli offensive, citing the Lebanese health ministry.
Rescue workers say dozens more civilians, including a large number of children, are still buried underneath the rubble of houses destroyed in Israeli air strikes around Tyre.
Hezbollah has announced the death of 32 of its fighters, including two rescue workers, while its Shiite ally Amal reported the death of six of its militants since July 12.
A total of 51 Israelis have also died in cross-border fighting, most of them soldiers.