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1 killed, 1 injured in confrontations on Lebanese-Israeli borders

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 A citizen was killed and another was injured on Wednesday, and several houses were destroyed in Israeli air strikes and artillery shelling on villages and towns in southern Lebanon, Lebanese military and medical sources told Xinhua.

Lebanese medical sources said that the civil defense team transferred a body and one injured citizen to a hospital from the village of Bayt Lif, located in the central sector of southern Lebanon.

The medical sources added that a missile was fired by an Israeli drone at an ambulance belonging to the Muslim Scout Association in Blida, a village in southwest Lebanon, burning the vehicle while several paramedics survived the attack.

Meanwhile, Lebanese military sources told Xinhua that Israeli warplanes carried out approximately 26 air strikes on ten southern villages and towns, destroying 18 houses, several bird farms and forest areas, causing damage to the electricity network and power outages in areas in the central and eastern sectors.

For its part, Hezbollah said its fighters attacked several Israeli sites, including the Motella settlement, Al-Bayad, al Samaqa, Miskav Am, al-Alam, and Hunin.

The Lebanon-Israel border has witnessed increased tension since Oct. 8, 2023, after Hezbollah fired dozens of rockets toward Israel in support of the Hamas attacks on Israel the previous day, prompting Israel to respond by firing heavy artillery toward southeastern Lebanon.

The confrontations between Hezbollah and Israel have killed 240 on the Lebanese side, including 173 Hezbollah members and 39 civilians, according to Lebanese security sources.

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