3 killed, 5 injured in confrontations on Lebanese-Israeli borders

Beirut, Feb 8 (UNI) Two Hezbollah fighters and a civilian were killed on Wednesday, and five other civilians were injured during Israeli raids in Lebanon’s southeast villages of Khiam and Bani Haiyyan, Lebanese medical and security sources told Xinhua.

Lebanese military sources said Israel carried out 11 air strikes on Khiam, four raids on Bani Haiyyan, and five raids on areas in southwest Lebanon and fired about 75 shells on 16 towns and villages, destroying 12 houses and causing damage to 37 others.

The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Xinhua that an Israeli drone bombed with two missiles a drinking water pumping station in the southeast village of al-Wazzani, leading to its disruption.

Ali Al-Zein, former head of the Union of Municipalities of Jabal Amel, told Xinhua that the bombing of the water station, which pumps 12,000 cubic meters of water daily, cut off drinking water to 54 southern towns and villages.

The Lebanon-Israel border witnessed increased tension since Oct. 8 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 253 on the Lebanese side, including 181 Hezbollah members and 39 civilians, according to Lebanese security sources.

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