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Lebanese Daily Star: Israel's campaign continues
Israel battered roads, mobile phone antennas and fuel tanks in Lebanon on Friday, further devastating its neighbor's economy after Hizbullah guerrillas captured two Israeli soldiers.
Israeli warplanes blasted the main Beirut-Damascus highway overnight, tightening an air, sea and land blockade of Lebanon, and bombed targets in a majority Shiite Muslim Beirut suburb, killing four people and wounding 40, security sources said.
The latest air strike brought the death toll to 55, almost all civilians, killed in Lebanon since Israel's campaign began.
Before the air strike, Israeli warplanes dropped leaflets in Beirut suburbs and some southern cities warning residents to stay away from Hizbullah offices, witnesses said, fuelling speculation that the group's charismatic leader, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, could be targeted.
"Nasrallah, I think, has pronounced sentence on himself but we will settle the account with him fully somewhere, sometime," Israeli Interior Minister Ronnie Bar-On told Israel Radio.
The Israeli military claimed Hizbullah has fired more than 130 missiles into Israel over the last 48 hours, killing two civilians and wounding over 100. It said Hizbullah's main security compound in southern Beirut had been among targets hit on Friday. Reuters reporters said they could see no sign of damage at the site.
Israeli warplanes also attacked the Jiyyeh power plant, south of Beirut and fuel tanks at the capital's international airport, Air raids struck several mobile telephone relay stations in eastern Lebanon.