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Israel kills eight Lebanese soldiers
by ALJ
Sunday Jul 16th, 2006 7:08 PM
Eight Lebanese soldiers were among 13 people killed in a spate of Israeli raids on Lebanon overnight, Lebanese police said on Monday.
Israel lobbed missiles at targets in all corners of Lebanon early on Monday, killing 13 and wounding 53 in a surge of reprisals after Hezbollah rockets slammed into new targets deep inside Israel.

The soldiers were killed when Israeli aircraft attacked a small fishing port at Abdeh in northernmost Lebanon next to a highway leading to northern Syria, about 6kms (four miles) from the border.

Witnesses and security officials said 12 others were wounded in the early Monday attack that destroyed the position. There was no immediate comment from the military.

Lebanon's army has largely remained on the sidelines of the conflict between Hezbollah and Israel so far, and it was unclear why one of its positions at the far north of the country should be hit.

The road to Syria's northwest was temporarily closed to traffic as rescuers evacuated casualties and cleared the rubble.

Warplanes also struck the Beirut international airport premises early on Monday, targeting a fuel storage tank that sent an orange flame billowing high into the night sky.