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Health ministry in Hamas-run Gaza says war death toll at 34,683

Local official says Israeli strike kills 3 in south Lebanon

By AFP

May 5, 2024 03:30 PM


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The health ministry in Hamas-run Gaza said Sunday that at least 34,683 people have been killed in the Palestinian territory during almost seven months of war between Israel and Hamas.

The tally includes at least 29 deaths in the past 24 hours, a ministry statement said, adding that 78,018 people have been wounded in the Gaza Strip since the war broke out when Hamas militants attacked Israel on October 7.

Local official says Israeli strike kills 3 in south Lebanon

 

A local official in southern Lebanon said an Israeli strike on a village Sunday killed a couple and their child, the latest deadly incident in the border region.

Israel and Lebanon's Iran-backed Hezbollah group have exchanged regular cross-border fire since the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas's unprecedented October attack on southern Israel sparked the war in Gaza.

Fighting intensified in the past few weeks, with Israel striking deeper into Lebanese territory, while Hezbollah has stepped up its missile and drone attacks on military positions in northern Israel.

"The dad, the mother and their little son were martyred", according to the Mays al-Jabal municipality chief Abdelmoneim Chukair.

Lebanon's state-run National News Agency said the strike killed "three civilians" and wounded several others.

Hezbollah had on Saturday evening said it fired on military positions in northern Israel.

The Lebanese movement has repeatedly declared that only a ceasefire in Gaza will put an end to its attacks on Israel.

The latest violence came as a Hamas delegation met with mediators in Egypt for talks on a possible truce deal in the Gaza war.

Both the United States and France have made diplomatic efforts to calm tensions on the Lebanese-Israeli border.

In Lebanon, at least 389 people have been killed in nearly seven months of cross-border violence, mostly militants but also more than 70 civilians, according to an AFP tally.

The toll includes at least 11 Hamas fighters.

Israel says 11 soldiers and nine civilians have been killed on its side of the border.

Tens of thousands of people have been displaced on both sides.


AFP


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