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Israel Hits Beirut Airport, Hezbollah Stronghold

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Israel has struck new targets in Lebanon as part of its campaign to free two captured Israeli soldiers and to destroy the Lebanese militia Hezbollah.

Lebanese authorities say Israeli warplanes struck the Beirut international airport again today (Friday) - the third raid on the facility in the past 24 hours.

Israel also carried out air strikes on a Beirut suburb where Hezbollah is headquartered. Lebanese security officials say at least three people were killed and more than 50 others wounded in the attacks. A bridge, a fuel storage facility at a power plant, and the main road to the airport were hit.

The Israeli army says Hezbollah guerrillas fired at least 20 rockets on Israeli towns today (Friday) wounding at least eight people.

Early today, Israel bombed the highway linking Beirut to the Syrian capital, Damascus, effectively sealing Lebanon off from the world.

Lebanese officials say more than 50 people have been killed in Israeli attacks since Hezbollah seized the Israeli soldiers Wednesday. Israel says eight of its soldiers and two civilians have died in Hezbollah attacks.

Israel has said it has information that Hezbollah plans to transfer the captured soldiers to Iran.

Syria and Iran are the main supporters of Hezbollah.

Iranian state media report President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad telephoned his Syrian counterpart, Bashar al-Assad, Thursday and said there would "a fierce response" if Israel attacks Syria.

On Thursday, a rocket fired from Lebanon hit Israel's third-largest city, Haifa, but caused no injuries. It was the first time the rockets have hit as far south as Haifa, some 50 kilometers from the Lebanese border.

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